The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us and colder air holds a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your house.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get 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 cause you some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their function of cleaning out germs. This enhances the chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Huntsville winter, you could notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also impact 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.

Watching for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

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

All of these concerns signify that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. 

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