The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their task of filtering out germs. This heightens your chances of getting an illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Murrieta winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You may even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a never-ending cold are tips that your indoor air may be dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Openings in the molding and trim
  • Loosening wallpaper

Each of these issues indicate that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Cool Air Solutions. 

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