The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, 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 a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect 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 a little truth to it. As we noted, 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 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 find your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the issue. 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 amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

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

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

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

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