The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air holds a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your home.

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 something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their job of filtering out germs. This heightens the chances of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Bossier City winter, you might see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual culprit.

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 will pull moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:

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

All of these concerns suggest that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We are here to offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning. 

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