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 colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air means less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of getting a cold could 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 monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of catching an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling extra itchy, reduced of humidity may be the issue. Before you head out to begin busting out lotion in large quantities, contemplate getting 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 house. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few 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 things could mean it’s wise to think about a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home should be your highest priority. You can contact us at 503-663-8033 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. 

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