The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring arrives, it’s an ideal occasion to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air holds a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we said, 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 lower, so they are unable to do their function of sifting out germs. This enhances the chances of coming down with sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Des Moines winter, you might see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You might even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

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

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

All of these concerns indicate that it’s possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling. 

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