The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s a great situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days ahead of us and colder air absorbs a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases 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 issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their function of filtering out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Winchester winter, you could see that your skin is dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You may even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:

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

All of these concerns signify that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Thornberry Bros Inc. 

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