The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal situation to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us and colder air holds a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Heightens 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 said, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they are unable to do their job of cleaning out germs. This heightens your chances of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Saint Charles winter, you may notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are tips that your indoor air may be dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:

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

All of these concerns suggest that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to offer our expertise! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Air Alliance Team. 

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