The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days ahead of us and colder air holds a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we said, 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 are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This enhances the possibility of coming down with sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Liberty and the Kansas City Metro Area winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You could even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are tips that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well:

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

All of these concerns suggest that it’s possibly time to assess your indoor air quality. We’re happy to offer our expertise! Call our indoor air professionals at Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling. You can reach us at 816-286-7258, or schedule an appointment with us online.

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