The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect occasion to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days in the future and colder air retains a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because it’s cold 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 issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do their job of cleaning out germs. This increases your chances of getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Marshfield winter, you might find your skin is dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You may even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a never-ending cold are indications that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to look for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Gaps in your home’s trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

Any of these problems indicate that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at House of Heating Incorporated.