The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

The average person breathes nearly 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 time 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 play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s colder outside. The risk of ending up with a cold could increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and increase your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

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 extra itchy, the absence of humidity might be the issue. Before you start purchasing lotion in huge volumes, contemplate adding a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will work to pull moisture from the items in your house. This may 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 for dry air in your home, such as:

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

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

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home should be your top priority. You can contact us at 715-504-0533 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home.