The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air holds less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The possibility of catching a cold may grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the essential job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and grow your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, the absence of humidity might be the issue. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in huge volumes, consider investing in 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 home. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

  • 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 wise to consider a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to make sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as possible. Your health and home is a greatest priority. You can contact us at 208-621-0129 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you strike the best humidity level for your indoor space. 

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