The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

The average person breathes around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from winter and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal chance to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air contains less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of getting a cold may grow 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 essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity may be the issue. Before you rush to the store to start busting out lotion in large quantities, think about investing in a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will work to pull moisture from the things in your house. This may result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a handful of ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, such as:

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

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

Our team wants to make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our top priority. You can contact us at 805-242-9638 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the ideal humidity level for your indoor space.