The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days in the future and colder air holds a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do their function of filtering out germs. This enhances your chances of getting an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Marshfield winter, you could find your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

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 takes 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 signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Openings in your home’s trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

All of these concerns indicate that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at House of Heating Incorporated. 

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