The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know 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 coming up and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their job of sifting out germs. This heightens your chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

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

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture 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 might even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

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

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Openings in the molding and trim
  • Loosening wallpaper

Each of these issues suggest 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 Cool Air Solutions. 

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