The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s a great occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air absorbs a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we mentioned, 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 lower, so they are unable to do their job of filtering out germs. This heightens the possibility of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Litchfield Park winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You could even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are indications that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are some other symptoms to look for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Openings in your trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

Any of these problems indicate that it’s possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Cooler Tymes LLC. 

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