The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days in the future and colder air retains a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their task of cleaning out germs. This heightens the possibility of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Libertyville winter, you might find your skin feels dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are tips that your indoor air may be dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

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

Each of these issues signify that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical. 

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