The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal occasion to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air retains a lower amount of 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 cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we said, 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 lower, so they are unable to do their task of filtering out germs. This enhances your chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Lawrence winter, you could notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

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

Watching for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are tips that your indoor air is lacking moisture, 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

Each of these issues indicate that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to offer our expertise! Call our indoor air professionals at Scott Temperature. 

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