The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air holds less 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 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 can’t do their function of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the McHenry winter, you might find your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood in 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 perpetual 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
  • Gaps in your trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues indicate that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at . 

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