The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring approaches, 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 absorbs a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we mentioned, 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 decreased, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This heightens the chances of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Des Moines winter, you might find your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

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

Checking for Dry Air

While 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:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Spaces in your trim and molding
  • Loosening wallpaper

All of these concerns indicate that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Heartland Heating & Cooling. 

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