The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days ahead of us 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 get a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their task of filtering out germs. This enhances the chances of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Manassas winter, you could notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the issue. 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 lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You may even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Openings in the molding and trim
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems suggest that it’s probably time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to offer our expertise! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Air-Right Energy Design, Inc.. 

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