The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take around 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 great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we noted, 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 lower, so they can’t do their function of cleaning out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Genoa winter, you could find your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture 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 may even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

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

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

Any of these problems indicate that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to offer our expertise! Call our indoor air professionals at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air.