The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring arrives, it’s a perfect situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air holds a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth 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 job of sifting out germs. This enhances the possibility of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Carpentersville winter, you might notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

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

Evaluating for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Openings in your trim and molding
  • Loosening wallpaper

Any of these problems suggest that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc. 

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