The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

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

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their task of sifting out germs. This heightens the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Cedar Rapids winter, you might see that your skin is dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit.

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 pulls moisture from these items. You might even notice 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 additional symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Openings in the molding and trim
  • Cracking wallpaper

Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at Ilten's Incorporated. 

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