The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because of the colder weather 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 problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their function of filtering out germs. This enhances the chances of coming down with sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Pinellas County winter, you could find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You could even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are some other symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Openings in your home’s trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

Any of these problems indicate that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc. 

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