The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through the colder months and into the beginning of spring, it’s a great chance to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of getting a cold might increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extra itchy, the absence of humidity might be the issue. Before you rush to the store to start buying lotion in large quantities, consider adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your home. This may result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, such as:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

Any of these things could mean it’s wise to look into a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home should be your greatest priority. You can contact us at 404-987-5502 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the appropriate amount of moisture. 

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