dry air

The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little 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 low, so they’re not doing their job of filtering out germs. This increases the chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Plover winter, you may find your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual issue.

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 will pull moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to look for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Gaps in the molding and trim
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Point Heating & Cooling. You can reach us at 715-345-1979, or arrange an appointment with us online.