The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is decent? As spring gets closer, it’s an ideal occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air absorbs a decreased 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 cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Saint Peters winter, you might notice your skin is dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing 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 affect the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a never-ending cold are tips that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are some other symptoms to look for as well:

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

Each of these issues signify that it’s possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at C-N-O Comfort Zone. You can contact us at 636-578-1777, or set up an appointment with us online.

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