The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

As adults, the number of breathes we take is around 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we progress from colder weather and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air means less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s chilly outside. The risk of ending up with a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the critical job of removing bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of catching 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 extra itchy, the absence of humidity may be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start busting out lotion in bulk, contemplate getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

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 indoor space. 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 some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

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

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

Our team wants to be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home should be your top priority. You can contact us at 540-369-3790 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the perfect humidity level for your indoor space.