The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us and colder air holds a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their function of filtering out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Excelsior Springs winter, you might find your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also damage the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You could even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to look for as well:

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

All of these concerns suggest that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Colvin's Heating and Cooling. 

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