The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring gets closer, it’s an ideal time to evaluate 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 house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they are unable to do their job of filtering out germs. This enhances the possibility of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Pekin winter, you could see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

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

Evaluating for Dry Air

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

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Openings in your trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues indicate that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC. 

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