The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes around 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air contains less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of getting 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 essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of ending up with an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extra itchy, lack of humidity may be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in huge volumes, think about getting a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your house. This may 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 an everlasting cold there are some other ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, including:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these issues could mean it’s wise to think about a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to be sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our top priority. Call us at 559-900-1170 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the ideal humidity level for your indoor space. 

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