The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days in the future and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we mentioned, 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 can’t do their function of filtering out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

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

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also damage the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a never-ending 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 rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Openings in your trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

Each of these issues signify that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Woody's Sudden Service Inc. 

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