The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s an ideal situation to review 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 residence.

Low Humidity Ups 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 noted, 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 sifting out germs. This enhances the possibility of coming down with sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Brandon winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even see 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 a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Openings in the molding and trim
  • Loosening wallpaper

Each of these issues signify that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Brandon Heating and Plumbing. 

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