The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we progress from colder weather and into the start of spring, it’s a perfect time to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air contains less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s cold outside. The possibility of catching a cold may rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the important job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase your chance of catching an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, reduced of humidity may be the culprit. Before you rush to the store to start buying lotion in bulk, consider getting a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

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

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, including:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

Our team wants to make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home is a top priority. Call us at 715-504-0533 and talk with one of our indoor air experts to help you find the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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