The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring approaches, it’s a great situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air retains a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your home.

Low Humidity Ups 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 result in some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do their task of filtering out germs. This heightens your chances of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Booneville winter, you might see that your skin is dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue.

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 pulls moisture from these items. You could even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are tips that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Spaces in your trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues suggest that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC.