The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s an ideal situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air holds a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can produce 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 cleaning out germs. This heightens the possibility of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Derby winter, you could see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts 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.

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are some other symptoms to look for as well:

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

All of these concerns signify that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We’re happy to offer our expertise! Call our indoor air professionals at Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning. 

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