The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is decent? As spring gets closer, it’s a great time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your home.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their task of sifting out germs. This heightens your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Hamilton winter, you might find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You may even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are indications that your indoor air may be dry, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

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

Each of these issues suggest 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 Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC.