The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a great occasion to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days in the future and colder air absorbs a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we mentioned, 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 can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This enhances the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Lake Forest winter, you might notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage 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 culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity 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 may even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are indications that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

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

All of these concerns suggest that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. 

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