The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s a great 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 impact your health and your house.

Low Humidity Ups 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 sifting out germs. This enhances your chances of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the East Bernard winter, you may find your skin is 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 will pull moisture from these items. You could even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to look 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 probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Call our indoor air professionals at E.B. Air, LLC. 

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