The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is decent? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect occasion to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days ahead of us and colder air absorbs 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 Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because of the colder weather 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 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 job of filtering out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Bend winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

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

Evaluating for Dry Air

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

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

Any of these problems indicate that it’s possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Tri County Climate Control LLC.