dry air

The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty 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 Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get 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 job of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Chicago winter, you may find your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

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

Any of these problems suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 773-704-0640, or set up an appointment with us online.