The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes around 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s a great opportunity to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of chances for colder days yet 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 Odds of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s cold outside. The risk of catching a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the critical job of removing bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase 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 extremely itchy, reduced of humidity might be the issue. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in large quantities, consider adding a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will try to pull moisture from the items in your house. This might mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, such as:

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

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

Our team wants to be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as they can be. Your health and home should be your top priority. Reach out to our team at 281-713-8304 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the best humidity level for your indoor space. 

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