The Problem with Dry Air

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 situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days in the future and colder air holds a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your residence.

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 something 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 low, so they are unable to do their task of sifting out germs. This increases your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Brighton winter, you might find your skin is dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem.

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 takes moisture from these items. You could even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Gaps in the molding and trim
  • Cracking wallpaper

All of these concerns indicate that it’s possibly time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at D & D Heating & AC. 

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