The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect situation to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air holds a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This enhances the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Ballwin 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 provide a remedy the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

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

Evaluating for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a continuous cold are tips that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:

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

Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at Air Alliance Team. 

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