The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air absorbs less 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 attain a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do their function of cleaning out germs. This enhances the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Englewood winter, you could find your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

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

Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Symbiont Service Corp. 

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