The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect occasion to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air absorbs a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact 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 some truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their task of filtering out germs. This heightens the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Odessa winter, you may find 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 provide a remedy the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You may even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are additional symptoms to look for as well:

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

Any of these problems suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning. 

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