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 good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect occasion to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air holds a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we mentioned, 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 decreased, so they are unable to do their task of cleaning out germs. This heightens your chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Greenville winter, you could find your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You could even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

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

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

All of these concerns suggest that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Ken Parker Service Inc. 

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