The Problem with Dry Air

As adults, the number of breathes we take is around 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a great time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air contains 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

Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of ending up with a cold may increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the important job of removing bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling extra itchy, reduced of humidity may be the problem. Before you start busting out lotion in bulk, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This might result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your floors
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

Any of these problems could mean it’s wise 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 highest priority. Reach out to our team at 804-302-6657 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the ideal humidity level for your indoor space. 

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