The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

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 gets closer, it’s a great occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air absorbs less 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 get 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 result in some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their function of cleaning out germs. This heightens the chances of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Dresden winter, you might see that your skin feels 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 fix the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

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

Checking for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • An 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 possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at McFadden Heating & Cooling. 

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