The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from the colder months and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal opportunity to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of opportunities for cold weather 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

Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s cold outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold might increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extremely itchy, reduced of humidity might be the culprit. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in large quantities, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the things 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 a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, such as:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your floors
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as possible. Your health and home is a highest priority. Reach out to our team at 717-597-9900 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the ideal humidity level for your indoor space. 

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