The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

As adults, the number of breathes we take is nearly 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal opportunity to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds 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 the Odds of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen colder out. The possibility of getting a cold could increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and boost your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extra itchy, lack of humidity could be the problem. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in large quantities, consider investing in a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will try to pull moisture from the items in your indoor space. This may cause damage to the wood around your home and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

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

Any of these things could mean it’s smart to think about a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 703-278-2036 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the best humidity level for your indoor space. 

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