The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days ahead of us and colder air retains a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This heightens the chances of coming down with sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Rogers winter, you may find your skin feels dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Spaces in the molding and trim
  • Loosening wallpaper

Any of these problems indicate that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC. 

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