The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s an ideal time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air absorbs a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your house.

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 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 low, so they can’t do their task of sifting out germs. This enhances the chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Mankato area winter, you might notice your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You might even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are tips that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Openings in your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems indicate that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Northern Comfort Inc. 

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