The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s an ideal time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their task of sifting out germs. This enhances the chances of getting an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Colfax winter, you may find your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity 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 perpetual cold are indications that your indoor air may be dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Openings in your trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

All of these concerns signify that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning. 

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