The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a perfect situation to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have 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 catch a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This heightens your chances of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Dallas and Atlanta surrounding areas winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You may even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are indications that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Spaces in the molding and trim
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues indicate that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Innovative Mechanical, LLC. 

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