The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s a great situation 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 house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can produce 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 enhances the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Vancouver winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards 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 affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You could even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Spaces in your trim and molding
  • Loosening wallpaper

All of these concerns signify that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Call our indoor air professionals at Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC. 

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