The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

As adults, the number of breathes we take is around 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we move through winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal opportunity to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air means less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen colder out. Your chance of getting a cold might 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 get drier they open up and grow your chance of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, lack of humidity could be the culprit. Before you start purchasing lotion in large quantities, contemplate adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will try to pull moisture from the things in your indoor space. This might 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 handful of ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, like:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your floors
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

We want to help ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as possible. Your health and home should be your greatest priority. Call us at 812-332-9100 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the perfect solutions for achieving home comfort and the appropriate amount of moisture. 

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