The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future and colder air retains a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we mentioned, 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 function of cleaning out germs. This heightens the chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Rock Hill winter, you might find your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

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

Evaluating for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are indications that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well:

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

Any of these problems indicate 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 US Air Heating and Cooling. 

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