The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is enough? As spring arrives, it’s an ideal occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Ups 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 noted, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their task of sifting out germs. This enhances your chances of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Middle Georgia winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment 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 impact the wood throughout 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.

Watching for Dry Air

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

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

Any of these problems suggest that it’s probably time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Air Concepts of Middle Georgia. 

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