The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is decent? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect occasion to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days in the future and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we mentioned, 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 lower, so they can’t do their task of cleaning out germs. This heightens the possibility of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Carson City winter, you may notice your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You could even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are indications that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in your trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Anderson Heating & A/C.