The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s a great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days in the future and colder air absorbs a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because cool temps 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 issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do their function of filtering out germs. This enhances the possibility of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Odessa winter, you may notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity 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 notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

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

Each of these issues suggest that it’s possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning.