The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring arrives, 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 holds less 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 mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their function of filtering out germs. This enhances your chances of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Erie winter, you might see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also damage the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull 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 signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well:

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

Any of these problems signify that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Patterson & Stirling Inc. 

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