The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future and colder air holds a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because cool temps 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 issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they’re not doing their function of filtering out germs. This enhances the possibility of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Williamsport winter, you might find your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the problem. 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 affect the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You could even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a perpetual cold are tips that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to look for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues signify that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at Lycoming Heating Company. 

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