The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we said, 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 lower, so they’re not doing their task of sifting out germs. This heightens the possibility of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Winnipeg winter, you might find your skin is dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You could even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are indications that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to look for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Openings in your 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 are here to lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning. 

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