The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring arrives, it’s an ideal situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days ahead of us and colder air absorbs a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their task of filtering out germs. This increases the chances of coming down with sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Winnsboro winter, you might see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect 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.

Checking for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a continuous cold are indications that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:

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

Each of these issues signify that it’s probably time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Alltemp Comfort Services LLC. 

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