The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

As adults, the number of breathes we take is approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s chilly outside. Your chance of getting a cold might rise 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 essential job of removing bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.

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, reduced of humidity might be the issue. Before you rush to the store to start busting out lotion in huge volumes, consider investing in a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will try to pull moisture from the things in your house. This might mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, like:

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

Any of these issues could mean it’s time to think about a humidifier and boost 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 should be your top priority. Call us at 818-370-7266 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture. 

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