The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring arrives, it’s a perfect situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future and colder air absorbs a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your house.

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 noted, 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 can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This enhances your chances of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the West Palm Beach winter, you may find your skin feels dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture 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 could 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 may be dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

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

Each of these issues indicate that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Summit Air Conditioning Inc. 

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