The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes around 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we get through winter and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect chance to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air means 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

Getting a cold doesn’t usually happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The possibility of ending up with a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out 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 rush to the store to start busting out lotion in huge volumes, contemplate getting a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will work to pull moisture from the items in your house. This could result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, including:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home is a top priority. Call us at 717-755-4127 and speak with one of our indoor air experts to help you find the ideal humidity level for your indoor space. 

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