The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future and colder air absorbs a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your residence.

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 mentioned, 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 job of filtering out germs. This increases your chances of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Alliance winter, you may notice your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You could even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Spaces in your home’s trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

Each of these issues indicate that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces. 

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