A Reminder of the Problems of Winter Dry Air

Ever wonder why your eyes often burn or itch in the wintertime? Winter brings frigid temperatures and dry air that cause all types of skin and eye irritations for people. But with a little preparation and know-how, you can prevent these side effects from occurring and live happier this winter season.  Here is a reminder of the problems of winter dry air that you may experience, and how you can prevent them from happening.

Dry Itchy Eyes

Do your eyes get irritated and itchy during the wintertime? Thanks to the cold and dry air, your eyes will suffer if not properly protected. Wearing sunglasses, eyeglasses, and goggles can help combat dry and itchy eyes when you’re outdoors. When indoors, you need a quality air humidifier to increase the relative humidity of your home.

Excessive Tearing

Intense dry winter weather and outdoor winds can really cause your eyes to tear up. And excessive tearing makes your eyes go blurry, making it difficult for you to see. To avoid watery eyes, you need to shield them as much as possible with protective eyewear when you’re outside and add more moisture to your space indoors.


During the winter we don’t open our windows too often, if at all. For those who are allergic to dust and other airborne particulates, their allergies can be set on fire during this time of year. Itchy eyes, breathing issues, and sneezing can plague those with allergies all winter long. To combat these effects as much as possible, try opening your windows for a little while on those warmer days to air out your home. A regular dusting and a full HVAC cleaning can also help to eliminate any particulate buildup and improve the air quality in your homes.

Burning Eyes

Winter dry air can affect your cornea, causing a burning sensation that’s often painful. If the outdoor weather conditions start making your eyes burn, retreat indoors and turn up your air humidifier to replenish the moisture that will soothe your eyes. Lubricating eye drops can help relieve this as well.


Dry air can make your skin and the areas around your eyes inflamed. Ensure the moisture and relative humidity level in your home is optimized to relieve any irritation. Remember also to carry a travel lotion for your skin when you are out and about during the winter.

Don’t spend winter with irritated skin and eyes, and constant sneezing from the dry winter air. Talk to us at Distinct Heating & Cooling. We can provide your home with proper humidification or an air purifier to help you to be more comfortable in your home.