The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take around 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 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 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 said, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they can’t do their task of filtering out germs. This enhances your chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Belton winter, you may find your skin feels dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity 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 may even notice 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 a few other symptoms to look for as well:

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

Each of these issues indicate that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Bell Air Conditioning Inc..