The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air retains a decreased 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 produce some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their task of filtering out germs. This enhances your chances of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

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

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You could even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

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

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Gaps in the molding and trim
  • Loosening wallpaper

Each of these issues suggest that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We are here to offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating. 

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