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The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s an ideal time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us and colder air retains a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they’re not doing their job of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Plainfield winter, you could notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are tips that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Spaces in the molding and trim
  • Loosening wallpaper

Each of these issues suggest that it’s possibly time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc.