The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we get through the colder months and into the start of spring, it’s a great 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. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The possibility of catching 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 monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of getting 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 very itchy, the absence of humidity may be the culprit. Before you start buying lotion in bulk, think about adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your house. This could cause damage to the wood around your home and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

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

Any of these problems could mean it’s time to consider a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Call us at 313-537-8111 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you find the ideal humidity level for your indoor space. 

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