The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect occasion to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days ahead of us and colder air retains a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we said, 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 decreased, so they’re not doing their function of sifting out germs. This increases your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Reinholds winter, you might see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in 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 in 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.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are indications that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:

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

Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at County Line Mechanical LLC. 

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