The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is decent? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air holds a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Heightens 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 produce some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they’re not doing their job of cleaning out germs. This enhances the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Crestview winter, you could notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity 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 might even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

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

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Spaces in your trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues indicate that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at Gordon Air Conditioning. 

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