The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through the colder months and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air means less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen the time of year when colder weather hits. Your chance of catching a cold may increase 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 important job of removing bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and grow your chance of ending up with an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity could be the issue. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in huge volumes, contemplate adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the objects in your indoor space. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, such as:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as possible. Your health and home should be your highest priority. Reach out to our team at 314-262-4541 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home.