The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great occasion 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 Increases 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 low, so they are unable to do their task of cleaning out germs. This enhances the possibility of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Damages 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 lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes 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 may be dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

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

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

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