The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect chance to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air contains 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

Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen colder out. The possibility of catching a cold may rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. 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, 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 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 a perpetual 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
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

Our team wants to be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home is a top priority. You can contact us at 314-325-7552 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the best humidity level for your indoor space. 

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