The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air retains less 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 it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their function of filtering out germs. This heightens the chances of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Midlothian winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You might even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are tips that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are some other symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp.. 

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