dry air

The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your residence.

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 a little truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do their job of filtering out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Bloomington winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

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 might even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:

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

Any of these problems suggest that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at All Seasons Heating & A/C Co. You can reach us at 812-332-9100, or arrange an appointment with us online.