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The Problem with Dry Air

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

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s chilly outside. Your chance of catching a cold may increase 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 essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and increase your chance of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you start purchasing lotion in bulk, think about adding a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will try to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This might 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 an everlasting cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, such as:

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

Any of these problems could mean it’s time to consider a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home are our highest priority. Call us at 719-332-3458 and speak with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the best balance of humidity and comfort in your home. If it’s more convenient for you, we’ve made it easy to arrange an appointment with us online too.