The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s a great situation to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have 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 residence.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain 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 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 filtering out germs. This increases the chances of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Elk River winter, you could see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You could even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are indications that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Openings in your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

All of these concerns signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at Home Comfort Heating & Air.