The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is decent? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect occasion to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days ahead of us and colder air holds 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 get a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their task of sifting out germs. This increases your chances of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Montoursville winter, you could find your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

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

Watching for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are indications that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Openings in your home’s trim and molding
  • Loosening wallpaper

All of these concerns signify that it’s possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Airmen HVAC Service.