The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

As adults, the number of breathes we take is approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through the colder months and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air contains less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen colder out. The risk of catching a cold may increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the critical job of removing bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and boost your chance of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

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 extremely itchy, lack of humidity could be the culprit. Before you 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 try to pull moisture from the objects in your house. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

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

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

We want to help ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are the best possible. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 519-296-4437 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home.