The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us and colder air retains 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 attain a cold because cool temps 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 lower, so they are unable to do their job of cleaning out germs. This enhances the possibility of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Grove City winter, you may find 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 lack of moisture 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.

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

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

Each of these issues signify that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Air Quality Solutions. 

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