The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days ahead of us 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 house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something 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 sifting out germs. This enhances your chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Rapid City winter, you could find your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a solution to 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 might even notice 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 some other symptoms to watch for as well:

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

Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to assess your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Street Heating and Cooling. 

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