The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us 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 Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we said, 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 low, so they can’t do their function of filtering out germs. This enhances the chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the West Valley City winter, you might see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lack 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 perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:

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

All of these concerns suggest that it’s possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning. 

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