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The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

The average person breathes nearly 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal chance to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon 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

Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s colder outside. The risk of ending up with a cold might rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, reduced of humidity may be the problem. Before you start purchasing lotion in large quantities, think about adding 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 try to pull moisture from the items in your indoor space. This might mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are some other ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, such as:

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

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

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are the best possible. Your health and home is a greatest priority. Call us at 907-202-9798 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the perfect solutions for achieving home comfort and the appropriate amount of moisture.