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 colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect opportunity to reevaluate 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 impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s cold outside. Your chance of catching a cold may 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 important job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of catching an illness, such as the cold or flu.

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, reduced of humidity may 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 on the moisture levels in your house, like:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your floors
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

Any of these things could mean it’s smart 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 as good as possible. Your health and home is a greatest priority. You can contact us at 402-318-5351 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home.