The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we move through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air means less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect 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 catching a cold may rise 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 dry out they open up and increase your chance of catching an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you start buying lotion in bulk, contemplate investing in 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 objects in your home. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, such as:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Slits 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.

Our team wants to be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our top priority. You can contact us at 503-376-8806 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the appropriate amount of moisture. 

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