The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they are unable to do their task of cleaning out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Lawrence winter, you may find your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a perpetual cold are indications that your indoor air may be dry, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Spaces in your trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

All of these concerns indicate that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Scott Temperature.