The Problem with Dry Air

As adults, the number of breathes we take is nearly 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a great time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of chances for colder days yet 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

Getting a cold doesn’t usually happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of getting a cold may increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. 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 an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity might be the problem. Before you start buying lotion in large quantities, consider getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the objects 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
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home is a top priority. You can contact us at 928-263-8570 and speak with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the perfect solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture. 

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