The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from the colder months and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal opportunity to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot 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 the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t usually happen colder out. The risk of catching a cold may grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less 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 ending up with an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in bulk, contemplate adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your house. This may cause damage to the wood around your home and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a few ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, including:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as possible. Your health and home are our top priority. Reach out to our team at 610-257-7035 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture.