The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because cool temps 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 problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do their job of cleaning out germs. This heightens the possibility of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Rochester winter, you might find your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack 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 lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You may even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

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

Any of these problems suggest that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at Brogan Heating & AC Inc. 

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