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 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. 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 chilly outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold might grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. 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, lack of humidity may be the problem. Before you start busting out lotion in bulk, think about investing in a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This might cause damage to the wood around your home 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 time to look into a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home are our highest priority. Call us at 925-233-6238 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home. If it’s more convenient for you, we’ve made it easy to set up an appointment with us online too.

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