The Problem with Dry Air

As adults, the number of breathes we take is approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from winter and into the start of spring, it’s a perfect chance to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air contains less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The possibility of catching a cold could 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 filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and grow your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to 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, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your home. This may 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 a perpetual cold there are a few 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 things could mean it’s wise to consider a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

We want to help 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 find the best balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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