The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air absorbs a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we noted, 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 are unable to do their task of filtering out germs. This enhances the possibility of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the South Beloit and Belvidere winter, you might notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you 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 affect the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Spaces in your trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues indicate that it’s possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.. 

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