The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they’re not doing their task of sifting out germs. This heightens the chances of getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Tampa Bay winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem.

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 will pull moisture from these items. You might even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:

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

Any of these problems suggest that it’s probably time to assess your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Langford Cooling. You can contact us at 813-418-7884, or arrange an appointment with us online.

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