The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your home.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because of the colder weather 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 issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their function of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Wyandotte winter, you might find your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards 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 damage the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You could even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well:

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

Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning. 

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