The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s a great occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days ahead of us and colder air holds a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their task of cleaning out germs. This heightens the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Keokuk winter, you might see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment in 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 impact the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are tips that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

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

Any of these problems suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at WM J Kraus & Son. 

Back To Blog