The Problem with Dry Air

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

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because it’s cold 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 can’t do their function of filtering out germs. This increases the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

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

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 could even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are indications 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 home’s flooring
  • Spaces in your home’s trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

Any of these problems 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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