The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through winter and into the start of spring, it’s a great time to reevaluate 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 effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s chilly outside. Your chance of catching a cold might rise 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 critical 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 Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity might be the problem. Before you start busting out lotion in bulk, think about investing in a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks 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

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

  • 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 look into a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as possible. Your health and home are our highest priority. Call us at 417-544-4430 and speak with one of our indoor air experts to help you strike the best 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.

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