The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we get through the colder months and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal time to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air holds less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s colder outside. The risk of getting a cold may grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of ending up with 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 very itchy, reduced of humidity might be the culprit. Before you start purchasing lotion in large quantities, think about investing in a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the objects in your indoor space. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and produce 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 for dry air in your home, including:

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

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

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home should be your greatest priority. You can contact us at 540-369-3971 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the appropriate amount of moisture. 

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