The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal situation to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days in the future and colder air holds a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch 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 challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their task of cleaning out germs. This increases the chances of getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

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

Damages to Your Home

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

Watching for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to look for as well:

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

All of these concerns suggest that it’s possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating. 

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