The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a great situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your house.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their task of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Oxford winter, you could notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help you 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 will pull moisture from these items. You could even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a never-ending cold are indications 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
  • Spaces in the molding and trim
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems indicate that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Call our indoor air professionals at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.