The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring arrives, it’s a great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air absorbs a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your house.

Low Humidity Heightens 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 produce some health problems. 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 increases your chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Excelsior Springs winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You might 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 look for as well:

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

Any of these problems signify that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We’re happy to offer our expertise! Call our indoor air professionals at Colvin's Heating and Cooling.