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 a perfect time to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air holds 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

Getting a cold doesn’t usually happen colder out. The possibility of getting a cold may 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 essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase your chance of ending up with the flu or a cold.

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 may be the issue. Before you start busting out lotion in huge volumes, consider 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 try to pull moisture from the things in your home. This might result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, like:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in your floors
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as possible. Your health and home is a top priority. You can contact us at 314-838-9800 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the best balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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