The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

The average person breathes around 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we progress from colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal time to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot 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 Likelihood of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen colder out. Your chance of catching a cold might rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the important job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages 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, the absence of humidity could be the issue. Before you start purchasing lotion in large quantities, contemplate adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will work to pull moisture from the things in your indoor space. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a few ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, like:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

Any of these issues could mean it’s time to consider a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home is a greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 714-855-1717 and speak with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the ideal humidity level for your indoor space.