The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s an ideal occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air retains a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases 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 noted, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they are unable to do their task of cleaning out germs. This enhances your chances of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Carson City winter, you could see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are tips that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Openings in your trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

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

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