The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is enough? As spring arrives, it’s a perfect occasion to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days in the future 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 result in some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their task of cleaning out germs. This enhances your chances of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Wharton winter, you might find your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

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

Watching for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well:

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

Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to assess your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating. 

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