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 progress from colder weather and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal opportunity to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air contains less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can impact 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 cold outside. Your chance of catching a cold may increase 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 become dry they open up and grow your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity may be the issue. Before you head out to begin busting out lotion in large quantities, think about getting 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 things in your house. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make 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 the floors
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these issues could mean it’s wise to think about a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to 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 309-762-3641 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture. 

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