The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is 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 retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something 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 low, so they’re not doing their task of filtering out germs. This enhances the chances of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Augusta winter, you could see that your skin is dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve 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 takes moisture from these items. You could even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are indications that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are some other symptoms to watch for as well:

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

All of these concerns indicate that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at McCune Heating & Cooling. 

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