The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is decent? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on 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 cause you some health problems. 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 enhances the possibility of getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Westminster winter, you might notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

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

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are indications that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Openings in your home’s trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

Any of these problems suggest that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at True Heating & Cooling. 

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