The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

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 retains a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your house.

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 some truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they’re not doing their function of sifting out germs. This enhances the chances of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the West Valley winter, you may 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 problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also damage 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.

Checking for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air may be 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 trim and molding
  • Loosening wallpaper

All of these concerns indicate that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning. 

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