The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days in the future and colder air absorbs a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do their function of filtering out germs. This enhances your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the East Bernard winter, you might find your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture 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 end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

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

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

Each of these issues signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service. 

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