dry air

The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth 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 low, so they are unable to do their job of filtering out germs. This increases the chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Lawrence winter, you may find your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. 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 lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You could even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Gaps in your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Scott Temperature. You can reach us at 785-843-2244, or arrange an appointment with us online.