The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a great occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days in the future and colder air holds a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your home.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get 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 issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their job of filtering out germs. This enhances the chances of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the West Palm Beach winter, you might see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a continuous cold are indications that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are some other symptoms to look for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Spaces in the molding and trim
  • Peeling wallpaper

All of these concerns suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Kyzar Air Conditioning Inc. 

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