The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s an ideal occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us and colder air absorbs a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on 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 something to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their task of sifting out germs. This heightens the possibility of getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Franklin Lakes winter, you may find your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity 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 might even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to look for as well:

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

Each of these issues suggest that it’s possibly time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at Total Comfort. You can call us at 201-891-1333, or set up an appointment with us online.

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