dry air

The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases 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 mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they’re not doing their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Portland Metro winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood throughout 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

Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs 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 your home’s flooring
  • Gaps in your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Central Air Inc. You can reach us at 503-656-1908, or schedule an appointment with us online.