The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we move through winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect opportunity to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air holds less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s cold outside. Your chance of catching a cold might increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the essential job of removing bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity might be the problem. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in huge volumes, consider investing in a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will try to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, like:

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

Any of these issues could mean it’s wise to look into a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 308-624-3485 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the best balance of humidity and comfort in your home.