The Problem with Dry Air

As adults, the number of breathes we take is approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we move through the colder months and into the days of spring, it’s a great opportunity 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. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. The risk of getting a cold could rise 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 increase your chance of getting 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 extra itchy, the absence of humidity could be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start busting out lotion in large quantities, contemplate investing in a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the objects in your indoor space. This might mean the wood in your home could experience damage and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in your floors
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as possible. Your health and home are our highest priority. Reach out to our team at 715-352-4052 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you strike the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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