The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we move through winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect chance to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air means less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t typically 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 dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the essential job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of getting 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 very itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you start purchasing lotion in bulk, contemplate adding 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 work to pull moisture from the items in your home. This might result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, such as:

  • An uptick 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 wise 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 are our highest priority. You can contact us at 540-483-5605 and talk with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the perfect humidity level for your indoor space. 

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