The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from winter and into the days of spring, it’s a great chance to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen colder out. The possibility of catching a cold might rise 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 critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and grow your chance of getting the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Impacts 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 issue. Before you rush to the store to start busting out lotion in large quantities, contemplate investing in a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

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 could cause damage to the wood around your home and create 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 check on the moisture levels in your house, including:

  • An increase 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 time to consider a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our highest priority. Reach out to our team at 562-286-6624 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the best humidity level for your indoor space.