The Problem with Dry Air

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we get through the colder months and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect time to reevaluate 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 effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen the time of year when colder weather hits. Your chance of catching a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the important job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase your chance of catching 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 extra itchy, the absence of humidity might be the issue. Before you start buying lotion in large quantities, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your home. This could 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 an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, like:

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

Any of these things could mean it’s time to think about a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home is a highest priority. Call us at 631-737-5566 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the ideal humidity level for your indoor space. 

Back To Blog