The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring arrives, it’s a great occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air holds 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 Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain 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 cause you some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This enhances the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Tuscaloosa winter, you may find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue.

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 will pull moisture from these items. You might even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Spaces in your trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Call our indoor air professionals at KDM Service Corporation.