The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

As adults, the number of breathes we take is nearly 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal chance to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air holds less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. The possibility of catching a cold may increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling very itchy, the absence of humidity could be the culprit. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in bulk, think about getting a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will try to pull moisture from the things in your house. This may result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a few ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, such as:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 713-469-3357 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home.