The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s an ideal situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air absorbs a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we noted, 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 low, so they are unable to do their task of sifting out germs. This heightens the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Kingsville winter, you might see that your skin is dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to 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 impact the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls 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 indications that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

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

Each of these issues suggest that it’s possibly time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC. 

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