The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a great 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 Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they can’t do their task of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Marshall winter, you might see that your skin is dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

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

Evaluating for Dry Air

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

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Openings in your trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues signify that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at All Elements Heating & Air LLC. 

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