The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through the colder months and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air contains less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s colder outside. The possibility of catching a cold could increase 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 filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and boost your chance of getting 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, lack of humidity could be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start 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 objects in your house. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

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

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

Our team wants to make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as possible. Your health and home are our top priority. Reach out to our team at 949-525-9119 and talk with one of our indoor air experts to help you find the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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