The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect occasion to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your house.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

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

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Wheeling winter, you might see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

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

Watching for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are tips that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to look for as well:

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

Any of these problems indicate that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to offer our expertise! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Local HVAC Repair & Service . 

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