dry air

The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds 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 normally happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold might increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower 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 get drier they open up and increase 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 problem. Before you start busting out lotion in bulk, think about adding 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 could cause damage to the wood around your home and make 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, like:

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

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

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Call us at 913-432-3342 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home. If it’s more convenient for you, we’ve made it easy to schedule an appointment with us online too.