The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is decent? As spring gets closer, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us and colder air holds less 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 catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in 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 sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

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

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around 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

While itchy skin and a continuous cold are indications that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to look for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Gaps in your home’s trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

Any of these problems indicate that it’s possibly time to review 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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