The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air absorbs a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house.

Low Humidity Ups 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 result in some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their task of sifting out germs. This heightens the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Lexington winter, you may find your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You may even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are indications that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to look for as well:

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

Any of these problems signify that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Kelley Mechanical. 

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