The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s an ideal time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us and colder air absorbs a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we mentioned, 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 task of cleaning out germs. This enhances the chances of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Huffman winter, you might notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You could even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are indications that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

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

Any of these problems signify that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We’re happy to offer our expertise! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Air Houston Mechanical LLC. 

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