The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s a great situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days in the future and colder air holds a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your house.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their function of cleaning out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Denver winter, you could see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity 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 may even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are indications 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
  • Cracking wallpaper

All of these concerns suggest that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. 

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