The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s an ideal situation to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your house.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we said, 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 lower, so they’re not doing their task of cleaning out germs. This increases the chances of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Alice winter, you might see that your skin is dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You may even end up with 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 additional 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

All of these concerns suggest that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Rescue Heating & Air . 

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