The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we get 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 chances for colder days yet and the cooler air contains less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, 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 colder out. The risk 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 the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

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

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough 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 wise to look into a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home is a top priority. Reach out to our team at 410-690-4244 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the perfect humidity level for your indoor space. 

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