The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time 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 impact your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Increases 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 cause you some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do their job of filtering out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

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

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage 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.

Checking for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a continuous 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
  • Gaps in the molding and trim
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems 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 (1998) Ltd.. You can reach us at 204-728-0180, or schedule an appointment with us online.

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