The Problem with Dry Air

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

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 something 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 decreased, so they’re not doing their function of filtering out germs. This heightens the possibility of getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Oxford winter, you could notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual culprit.

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

Watching for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Spaces in your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

All of these concerns suggest that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. 

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