The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air retains a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

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

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Beaverton winter, you may find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack 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 lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You may even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a continuous cold are tips that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are additional symptoms to look for as well:

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

Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Garoken Energy Co. Inc..