The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days in the future and colder air absorbs less 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 attain a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their job of sifting out germs. This increases the chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Pacheco winter, you might notice your skin is dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:

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

Any of these problems indicate that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Clean Air HVAC. 

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