The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days in the future and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your home.

Low Humidity Heightens 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 noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their task of cleaning out germs. This heightens your chances of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the New Castle winter, you may find your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts 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 could even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are indications that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to watch for as well:

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

Any of these problems indicate that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at Central Heating & Plumbing. 

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