The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through winter and into the start of spring, it’s a great time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s cold outside. Your chance 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 important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity could be the problem. Before you start purchasing lotion in bulk, think about investing in 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 home. This may cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, such as:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems could mean it’s time to look into a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

We want to help ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as possible. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Call us at 217-210-2662 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home. If it’s more convenient for you, we’ve made it easy to arrange an appointment with us online too.

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