The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is decent? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect situation to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty 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 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 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 sifting out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Alliance winter, you might 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 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 indications that your indoor air may be dry, there are some other symptoms to look for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Spaces in your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

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