Coughing From Cold Or Dry Air

Can Cold Or Dry Air Cause Coughing?

A dry, hacking cough usually is a sign of an illness or allergies, but did you know the quality of the air inside your home could be the true culprit? If your home is filled with dry and cold air, a cough may be a warning that it’s time to have your HVAC system serviced. Read on to learn why dry air and a cough often go together.

Why Does Cold Air Make Me Cough?

Breathing in cold air can cause the airways inside your lungs to spasm. This leads to a tightening that can trigger a coughing response to clear them. This is why when you’re experiencing cold weather, you cough more frequently than in warmer climates.

Can Dry Air Make You Cough?

If the air inside your home is too dry, it also can cause problems for your breathing. That’s because dryness can irritate your mucus membranes, including inside your lungs. Drier air also increases the amount of dust and allergens you breathe.

What Should I Do When Cold Air Makes Me Cough?

There are several things you can do to mitigate the effect of cold, dry air, including:

  • Use a humidifier to balance the moisture in the air.
  • Keep your thermostat at a comfortable temperature.
  • See your doctor to find out if you suffer from allergies or asthma.
  • Replace your HVAC system’s filters regularly.

Gene May Heating & Cooling is your complete source for everything to do with your home’s indoor air quality. Our expert technicians can quickly and effectively diagnose and resolve any issues with your heating or air conditioning systems that may be causing respiratory issues in your house. If the start of spring means you’re coughing, sneezing, or sniffling while you’re indoors, it could be your HVAC system that needs some help. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment.