The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is decent? 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 house.

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 said, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their job of filtering out germs. This heightens the possibility of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Odessa winter, you might find your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue.

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 pulls moisture from these items. You may even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

While 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

All of these concerns indicate that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning. You can call us at 432-333-2208, or schedule an appointment with us online.

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