The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

As adults, the number of breathes we take is nearly 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we get through winter and into the start of spring, it’s a great chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can play a role in 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 chilly outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold may grow 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 increase your chance of ending up with the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extra itchy, the absence of humidity may be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing 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 work to pull moisture from the items in your home. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, including:

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

Any of these problems could mean it’s smart to think about a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to 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. Reach out to our team at 302-658-2000 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the perfect humidity level for your indoor space. 

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