The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days in the future and colder air absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Ups 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 said, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their job of cleaning out germs. This enhances your chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Manassas winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are some other symptoms to look for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Openings in your home’s trim and molding
  • Loosening wallpaper

Any of these problems suggest that it’s probably time to assess your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Twin Air LLC. You can call us at 703-754-1062, or set up an appointment with us online.

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