The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we get through colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of opportunities for cold weather 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 colder out. The risk of getting a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the important job of removing bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and boost your chance of catching the flu or a cold.

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 extra itchy, lack of humidity may be the issue. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in large quantities, consider adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your indoor space. This may cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, including:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home should be your greatest priority. Call us at 519-664-0600 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the perfect solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture. 

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