The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s an ideal occasion to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air retains a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because of the colder weather 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 produce some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, 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 Colorado Springs winter, you could see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

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

Any of these problems indicate that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at Mitchell Heating. 

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