The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is enough? As spring arrives, it’s a perfect time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future and colder air holds 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 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 the chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Wharton winter, you might find your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing 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 affect 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

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Openings in your trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

All of these concerns signify that it’s probably time to assess your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating. 

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