The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes nearly 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we get through the colder months and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect chance to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air holds 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 usually happen simply because it’s colder outside. The possibility of catching a cold might 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 monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling very itchy, reduced of humidity may be the culprit. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in huge volumes, 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 may result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a few ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, such as:

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

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

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are the best possible. Your health and home should be your greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 601-292-9763 and talk with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture. 

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