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The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through winter and into the days of spring, it’s a great time to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds 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 normally happen simply because it’s cold outside. Your chance of catching a cold may rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, lack of humidity might be the culprit. Before you start purchasing lotion in bulk, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will try to pull moisture from the items in your home. This could 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 a neverending cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, like:

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

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

We want to help ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home are our top priority. Call us at 410-355-6010 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home. If it’s more convenient for you, we’ve made it easy to schedule an appointment with us online too.