The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we progress from colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect time to reevaluate 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 effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s chilly outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold may grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of 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 boost your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity might be the culprit. Before you start purchasing lotion in large quantities, contemplate 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 attempt to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This could cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a handful of ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, including:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

Any of these problems could mean it’s smart to look into 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 should be your highest priority. You can contact us at 308-995-8177 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the perfect humidity level for your indoor space. 

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