The Problem with Dry Air

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

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they can’t do their task of cleaning out germs. This heightens your chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Alice winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also damage the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating 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:

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

All of these concerns indicate that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Rescue Heating & Air . 

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