The Problem with Dry Air

As adults, the number of breathes we take is approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get 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 cool days on the horizon 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

Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen colder out. The possibility of ending up with a cold might grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of 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 getting 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 start busting out lotion in large quantities, contemplate getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will try 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

Aside from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, like:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

Our team wants to be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home should be your highest priority. Call us at 925-233-6238 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture. 

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