The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring approaches, it’s a great situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something 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 task of filtering out germs. This heightens your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Napoleon winter, you could notice your skin seems 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 problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also damage the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You could even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are additional symptoms to look for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

All of these concerns indicate that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc.. 

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