The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a great situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air retains a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we said, 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 task of cleaning out germs. This increases your chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Macon winter, you may notice your skin is dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood throughout 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 never-ending cold are indications that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Spaces in your trim and molding
  • Loosening wallpaper

All of these concerns suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Call our indoor air professionals at Air Temperature Control. 

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