The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring arrives, it’s a great occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air holds a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health problems. 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 getting 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 problem. Lotion can be a solution to 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 in 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

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

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

All of these concerns suggest that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Anderson Heating & A/C. 

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