The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have 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 Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they are unable to do their function of cleaning out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Dresden winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack 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 issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lack 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 might even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are indications that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Gaps in your home’s 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’re happy to lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at McFadden Heating & Cooling. 

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