The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we move through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a great opportunity to look in to 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 impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. The possibility of ending up with a cold may increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower 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 boost your chance of ending up with the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, the absence of humidity may be the issue. Before you start buying lotion in bulk, think about investing in a whole-home humidifier instead.

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 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 an everlasting cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

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

Any of these problems could mean it’s time to think about a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our top priority. Call us at 785-357-6200 and talk with one of our indoor air experts to help you strike the ideal humidity level for your indoor space. 

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