The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

The average person breathes approximately 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 a great opportunity to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number 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

Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. Your chance of ending up with a cold may rise 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 filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.

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 issue. Before you rush to the store to start buying lotion in bulk, contemplate getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This may result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

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

Any of these issues could mean it’s smart to think about a humidifier and boost 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 are our highest priority. Call us at 570-648-0748 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture.