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 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 cool days on the horizon 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 Your Chances of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of catching a cold might increase 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 Damages 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 could cause damage to the wood around your home 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 uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

Any of these things could mean it’s time to consider 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 top priority. Call us at 760-784-9034 and talk with one of our indoor air experts to help you find the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home. You can also use our online scheduler to schedule an appointment.

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