The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is decent? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect occasion to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something 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 can’t do their task of sifting out germs. This enhances the chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Grand Prairie winter, you may see that your skin is 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 problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You may even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

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

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

All of these concerns signify that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We are here to offer our expertise! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Bon Air Service Company.