The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 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 review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us and colder air retains 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 attain a cold because it’s cold 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 cause you some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This heightens the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Metro Atlanta winter, you could find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

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

Watching for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are indications that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A notable 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 probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at ACS Inc. 

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