The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days ahead of us and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their function of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

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

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You could even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are tips that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Spaces in your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues suggest that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at Jett's Heating & Air Inc.. 

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