dry air

The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we noted, 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 job of cleaning out germs. This increases your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Marshalltown winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

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

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in the molding and trim
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems indicate that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at B & G HVAC. You can reach us at 641-752-3429, or schedule an appointment with us online.