The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a great situation to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days ahead of us and colder air holds a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because it’s cold 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 problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their job of sifting out germs. This heightens the possibility of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Katy winter, you could find your skin is dry and itchy. Shortage 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 problem.

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 will pull moisture from these items. You might even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in the molding and trim
  • Loosening wallpaper

Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Goode Bros AC & Heating.