The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from the colder months and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal time to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air contains less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t usually happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of catching a cold may increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and grow your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

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 might be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in huge volumes, think about getting a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the items in your home. This could 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 handful of ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, such as:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a greatest priority. Call us at 530-885-8081 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the perfect humidity level for your indoor space. You can also use our online scheduler to book an appointment.

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