The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a perfect occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days in the future and colder air holds a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they can’t do their function of sifting out germs. This heightens your chances of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

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

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You may even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

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

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Openings in your home’s trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

Each of these issues suggest that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning.