The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s an ideal situation to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us and colder air holds a lower amount of 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 get a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This enhances your chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

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

Damages to Your Home

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

Checking for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a continuous cold are tips that your indoor air may be dry, there are some other symptoms to look for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in the molding and trim
  • Cracking wallpaper

All of these concerns suggest that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Precision Mechanical.