The Problem with Dry Air

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

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get 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 job of sifting out germs. This enhances the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the South Beloit and Belvidere winter, you may 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 provide a remedy the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You may even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking 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
  • Gaps in your trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

Each of these issues suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.. 

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