The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring arrives, it’s a great situation to assess 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 impact your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their job of sifting out germs. This enhances the possibility of getting an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Jefferson City winter, you may find your skin is dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You could even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to look for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Spaces in the molding and trim
  • Loosening wallpaper

All of these concerns indicate that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Stieferman Heating Company Inc. 

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