The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s a great time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days in the future and colder air absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something 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 filtering out germs. This increases the chances of getting an illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Holdrege winter, you might find your skin feels dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in 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 damage the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You could even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

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

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Spaces in your home’s trim and molding
  • Loosening wallpaper

Each of these issues suggest that it’s probably time to assess your indoor air quality. We’re happy to offer our expertise! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Durable Service .