The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air retains a lower 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 a little truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This heightens the possibility of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Tucker winter, you could find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue.

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.

Watching for Dry Air

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

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Openings in your trim and molding
  • Loosening wallpaper

Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at ACS Heating and Air Conditioning. 

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