The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring arrives, it’s a perfect time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do their job of filtering out germs. This enhances the chances of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Hattiesburg winter, you could find your skin feels dry and itchy. Shortage 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 culprit.

Damages to Your Home

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

Evaluating for Dry Air

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

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Spaces in your home’s trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

All of these concerns suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning.