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 perfect time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air absorbs 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 catch a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their function of filtering out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Circleville winter, you could find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. 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 amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You could even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are indications that your indoor air may be dry, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Gaps in the molding and trim
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues indicate that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc.