The Problem with Dry Air

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from colder weather and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal opportunity to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air holds less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of getting a cold may rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the important job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of catching an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extremely itchy, reduced of humidity may be the issue. Before you start buying lotion in bulk, think about investing in a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will work to pull moisture from the items in your house. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a handful of ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, such as:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a top priority. Call us at 309-323-9584 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the perfect solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture. 

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