The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of 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 house.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because cool temps 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 problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their task of cleaning out germs. This enhances the chances of getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Williamsport winter, you could notice 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 culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You could even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are indications that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:

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

Each of these issues suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Lycoming Heating Company.