The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a perfect situation to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days in the future and colder air absorbs 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 of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we mentioned, 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 lower, so they can’t do their task of sifting out germs. This enhances the chances of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Belton winter, you may notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the issue. 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 lack of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a perpetual cold are tips that your indoor air may be dry, there are some other symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Spaces in your home’s trim and molding
  • Cracking wallpaper

Each of these issues suggest that it’s possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Bell Air Conditioning Inc.. 

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