The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through the colder months and into the beginning of spring, it’s a great chance to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air contains less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s chilly outside. The risk of getting a cold may grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the essential job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase your chance of catching an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, lack of humidity could be the issue. Before you start busting out lotion in large quantities, consider adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

Any of these issues could mean it’s time 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 the best possible. Your health and home are our highest priority. Reach out to our team at (616) 669-3961 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the best humidity level for your indoor space.