The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is decent? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air holds a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they are unable to do their task of sifting out germs. This enhances the possibility of coming down with sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

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

Damages to Your Home

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

Evaluating for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a perpetual cold are indications that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Openings in your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues signify that it’s probably time to assess your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Wallpe Heating & Cooling. 

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