The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is decent? As spring gets closer, it’s a great occasion to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air holds a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their task of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Anaheim winter, you might see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

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

Watching for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are indications that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

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

All of these concerns signify that it’s probably time to assess your indoor air quality. We can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Eco Fresh HVAC Inc.. 

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