The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is decent? As spring approaches, it’s a great situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days in the future and colder air holds a lower amount of 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 catch a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their job of cleaning out germs. This enhances your chances of coming down with sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Plainfield winter, you may notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You may even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are tips that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Gaps in your trim and molding
  • Loosening wallpaper

Any of these problems indicate that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to offer our expertise! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc. 

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