The Problem with Dry Air

The average person breathes nearly 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we progress from the colder months and into the beginning of spring, it’s a great time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of chances for colder days yet 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 Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. Your chance of catching a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the critical job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of catching an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

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

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will try to pull moisture from the things in your house. This could cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems could mean it’s wise to consider 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 they can be. Your health and home is a greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 847-362-0262 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture. 

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