The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

The average person breathes around 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we get through winter and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal time to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air contains less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of catching a cold may rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the essential job of removing bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and grow your chance of catching an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, reduced of humidity could be the problem. Before you start busting out lotion in large quantities, contemplate investing in a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the things in your indoor space. This may 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 perpetual cold there are a few ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, such as:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are the best possible. Your health and home are our top priority. Call us at 361-265-4371 and speak with one of our indoor air experts to help you strike the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home.