The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through winter and into the start of spring, it’s a great time to reevaluate 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 effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen colder out. Your chance of ending up with a cold could rise 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 become dry they open up and grow your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, reduced of humidity may be the issue. Before you start purchasing lotion in huge volumes, consider investing in a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will work to pull moisture from the things in your home. This may 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 a perpetual cold there are a handful of ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, including:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are the best possible. Your health and home should be your highest priority. Reach out to our team at 724-452-6280 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the best humidity level for your indoor space. 

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