The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air retains less 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 catch a cold because it’s cold 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 task of sifting out germs. This increases your 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 may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture 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 indications that your indoor air may be dry, there are some other symptoms to watch for as well:

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

All of these concerns indicate 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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