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The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of 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 catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Hauppauge winter, you may notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve 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 will pull moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in your 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 are here to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Cool Power LLC . You can reach us at 631-360-2665, or set up an appointment with us online.