The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s an ideal situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty 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 residence.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do their task of sifting out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Raceland winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Shortage 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 culprit.

Damages to Your Home

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

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are some other symptoms to look for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Openings in the molding and trim
  • Cracking wallpaper

Each of these issues indicate that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service. 

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