The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through colder weather and into the start of spring, it’s a great opportunity to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air means less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of getting a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the critical job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extremely itchy, reduced of humidity might be the issue. Before you start buying lotion in bulk, think about getting 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 might cause damage to the wood around your home and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, such as:

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

Any of these things could mean it’s time to think about a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home is a greatest priority. You can contact us at 402-438-7992 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the ideal humidity level for your indoor space. 

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