The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air means less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of getting a cold may increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the essential job of removing bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and boost your chance of catching 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 very itchy, lack of humidity could be the problem. Before you start purchasing lotion in bulk, consider getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the items in your home. This could cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a handful of ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, such as:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these things could mean it’s wise to consider a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as possible. Your health and home should be your top priority. You can contact us at 239-596-2645 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the best humidity level for your indoor space. 

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