The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is enough? As spring arrives, it’s a perfect occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future and colder air absorbs 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 get a cold because of the colder weather 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 cause you some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they’re not doing their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Cape Coral winter, you might find your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a perpetual cold are indications that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in your trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Comfort Zone Inc. 

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