The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring arrives, it’s a great time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future and colder air retains a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house.

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 a little truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do their function of filtering out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Chadron winter, you might notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood in 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

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Spaces in your trim and molding
  • Loosening wallpaper

Each of these issues signify that it’s possibly time to assess your indoor air quality. We can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at MPC Heating & Cooling. You can call us at 308-432-5301, or schedule an appointment with us online.

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