The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is decent? As spring gets closer, 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 retains 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 mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do 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 Harms Your Skin

In the Williamsport winter, you might notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

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

Checking for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are tips that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Spaces in your home’s trim and molding
  • Cracking 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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