The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is decent? As spring approaches, it’s a great situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future and colder air holds a lower amount of 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 some truth to it. As we noted, 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 low, so they are unable to do their function of filtering out germs. This heightens the possibility of getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Monroe winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but investing 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 around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You could even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

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

All of these concerns signify that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Lanz Furnace and Fireplace.