The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe around 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 beginning of spring, it’s a perfect chance to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air contains less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can play a role in 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 chilly outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold could 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 monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and boost 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 very itchy, the absence of humidity might be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in bulk, consider investing in 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 things in your home. This might result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a perpetual 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 things could mean it’s time to look into 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 302-231-1380 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home.