The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

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

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 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 task of cleaning out germs. This enhances the chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Portland Metro winter, you might see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a solution to 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.

Evaluating 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
  • Spaces 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 lend a hand! 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.

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