The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect time to review 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 affect your health and your house.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because it’s cold 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 problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Hamilton winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You may even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are tips that your indoor air may be dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Spaces in the molding and trim
  • Loosening wallpaper

All of these concerns signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC. You can contact us at 513-275-3601, or set up an appointment with us online.

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