The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a great situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air retains a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your house.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This enhances your chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the the Rio Grande Valley winter, you may find your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you 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 damage the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You might even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are indications that your indoor air may be dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Openings in the molding and trim
  • Peeling wallpaper

All of these concerns indicate that it’s possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C..