The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

As adults, the number of breathes we take is nearly 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal time to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air means less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, 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 cold outside. The risk of getting a cold may rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and grow your chance of catching the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling very itchy, reduced of humidity might be the issue. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in huge volumes, contemplate adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will work to pull moisture from the items 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

Aside from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a few ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, such as:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a greatest priority. You can contact us at (337) 234-2345 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the best balance of humidity and comfort in your home.