The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe approximately 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 perfect time to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t usually happen colder out. The risk of getting a cold may grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the critical job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and grow your chance of ending up with the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity may be the culprit. Before you rush to the store to start buying lotion in bulk, think about adding a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the objects in your house. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, like:

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

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

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our top priority. You can contact us at 479-226-8196 and speak with one of our indoor air experts to help you strike the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture. 

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