The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal occasion to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your home.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because cool temps 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 cause you some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they’re not doing their job of sifting out germs. This enhances the possibility of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the the Main Line winter, you might notice your skin seems 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 affect the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You could even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are tips that your indoor air may be dry, there are some other symptoms to watch for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Openings in your home’s trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

All of these concerns signify that it’s possibly time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning. You can call us at 610-257-7035, or set up an appointment with us online.

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