The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe approximately 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 in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air holds less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t usually happen the time of year when colder weather hits. Your chance of catching a cold might rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the essential job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and boost your chance of catching the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extremely itchy, reduced of humidity could be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start busting out lotion in huge volumes, think about getting 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 attempt to pull moisture from the items in your indoor space. This may 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 a handful of ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are the best possible. Your health and home should be your top priority. You can contact us at 760-784-9034 and talk with one of our indoor air experts to help you strike the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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