The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes nearly 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air means 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. The possibility of ending up with a cold might increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the essential job of removing bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extra itchy, lack of humidity could be the problem. Before you start busting out lotion in huge volumes, think about adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage 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 assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

Our team wants to be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home should be your 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. 

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