The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect situation to assess 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 something to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they’re not doing their function of cleaning out germs. This enhances the chances of getting an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Huntsville winter, you could notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack 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 lower humidity 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 indications that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Gaps in the molding and trim
  • Loosening wallpaper

Any of these problems signify that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. 

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