The Problem with Dry Air

As adults, the number of breathes we take is approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from winter and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air contains less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of ending up with 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 removing bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and grow your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, the absence of humidity may be the culprit. Before you start busting out lotion in large quantities, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your indoor space. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, like:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these things could mean it’s time to consider a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our greatest priority. You can contact us at 614-450-1575 and speak with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the best balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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