The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days in the future and colder air retains a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your house.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do their function of filtering out germs. This increases the possibility of getting an illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Manassas Park winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the issue. 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 affect 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.

Evaluating for Dry Air

While 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
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues signify that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Woody's Sudden Service Inc. You can call us at 703-369-5528, or set up an appointment with us online.

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