The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s a great occasion to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air absorbs a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your house.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do their job of cleaning out germs. This heightens the chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Bountiful winter, you might notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards 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 in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You could 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:

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

Each of these issues indicate that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Craig's Heating & Cooling. You can contact us at 801-295-3357, or set up an appointment with us online.

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