dry air 

The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air holds less 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 it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we said, 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 low, so they’re not doing their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Huntsville winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you 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 impact the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in the molding and trim
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems signify that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. You can reach us at 256-801-4701, or schedule an appointment with us online.