The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

As adults, the number of breathes we take is nearly 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we move through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a great time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. The risk of ending up with a cold could rise 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 boost your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, reduced of humidity might be the issue. Before you start buying lotion in huge volumes, contemplate adding a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will try to pull moisture from the things 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

Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, including:

  • An increase 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 smart to consider a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a highest priority. Reach out to our team at 203-357-5913 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the ideal humidity level for your indoor space.