The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from the colder months and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air contains less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s chilly outside. The risk of ending up with a cold may grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less 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 increase your chance of getting the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, reduced of humidity may be the issue. Before you head out to begin busting out lotion in large quantities, contemplate investing in a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

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

Checking for Dry Air

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

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our highest priority. Call us at 309-517-7511 and talk with one of our indoor air experts to help you find the best humidity level for your indoor space. You can also use our online scheduler to arrange an appointment.

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