The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s a great occasion to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air absorbs a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their task of cleaning out germs. This increases your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Omaha winter, you could find your skin is dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are tips that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Gaps in your trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

Any of these problems indicate that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to offer our expertise! Call our indoor air professionals at The Frazier Company. 

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