The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring arrives, it’s an ideal occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air absorbs a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your home.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we said, 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 function of filtering 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 could notice your skin is dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the problem. 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 impact the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

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

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Openings in your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems signify that it’s probably time to assess your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc. 

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