The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s a great situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air absorbs a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because it’s cold 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 problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their job of filtering out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the the Upper Rio Grande Valley winter, you might see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also impact 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.

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are tips 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 your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues signify that it’s probably time to assess your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Cytech Heating & Cooling. 

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