The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring arrives, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days ahead of us and colder air holds less 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 attain a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we noted, 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’re not doing their job of filtering out germs. This heightens the chances of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Robstown winter, you could see that your skin is dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You could even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a never-ending cold are indications that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Openings in your trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues signify that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at McNatt Inc. 

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