The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring gets closer, it’s a great occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your house.

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 noted, 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 low, so they’re not doing their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the chances of getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Huntingburg winter, you could notice your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

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

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are indications that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in your trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

All of these concerns signify that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Dearing's Service & Solutions.