The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring arrives, it’s a great situation to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days in the future and colder air retains a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your house.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because it’s cold 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 low, so they can’t do their job of filtering out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the West Columbia winter, you might see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment 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 a few other symptoms to look for as well:

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

Any of these problems suggest that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc.. 

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