The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal chance to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air means 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

Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. The possibility of ending up with a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of 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 get drier they open up and boost your chance of getting the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extra itchy, the absence of humidity could be the issue. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in huge volumes, consider investing in a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the objects in your house. This might result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, including:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your floors
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

Our team wants to be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a top priority. Call us at (616) 669-3961 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the best humidity level for your indoor space. 

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