The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a perfect occasion to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air retains a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch 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 issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they are unable to do their task of cleaning out germs. This heightens your chances of getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Denton winter, you could find your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You might even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are tips that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are additional symptoms to look for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Openings in the molding and trim
  • Loosening wallpaper

Any of these problems suggest that it’s probably time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at Oak Point Heating and Air LLC. 

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