The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s an ideal occasion to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days in the future and colder air holds a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their task of sifting out germs. This enhances the possibility of getting an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Cape Coral winter, you could find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem.

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 will pull moisture from these items. You might even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are indications that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are additional symptoms to look for as well:

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

Any of these problems signify that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Comfort Zone Inc.