The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through winter and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect opportunity to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of chances for colder days yet 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

Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s chilly outside. The possibility of ending up with a cold might grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase 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, reduced of humidity may be the problem. Before you head out to begin busting out lotion in large quantities, contemplate investing in a whole-home humidifier instead.

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 home. This might mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, such as:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home are our highest priority. You can contact us at 925-233-6238 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture. 

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