The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a perfect situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days ahead of us and colder air retains less 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 get 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 cause you some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their task of filtering 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 may notice your skin is dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment 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.

Checking for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to look for as well:

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

All of these concerns indicate that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc. 

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