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The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air absorbs 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 catch 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 result in some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Stuart winter, you may notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lack 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

Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in the molding and trim
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems signify that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Nisair Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 772-318-4252, or schedule an appointment with us online.