The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s an ideal time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days in the future and colder air absorbs a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.

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 something to it. As we mentioned, 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 low, so they’re not doing their task of sifting out germs. This increases the chances of getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Stuart and West Palm Beach areas winter, you might find your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve 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 could even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

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

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Openings in the molding and trim
  • Cracking wallpaper

All of these concerns signify that it’s probably time to assess your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc. 

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