The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring gets closer, it’s an ideal situation to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because of the colder weather 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 produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their function of filtering out germs. This heightens the possibility of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Huffman winter, you may notice your skin is 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 provide a remedy 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 pulls moisture from these items. You may even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Spaces in the molding and trim
  • Peeling wallpaper

All of these concerns suggest that it’s probably time to assess your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Air Houston Mechanical LLC.