The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s an ideal situation to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future 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 Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because of the colder weather 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 challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they’re not doing their task of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the West Columbia winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You might even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

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

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

Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc.. 

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