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’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air retains less 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 get 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 produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they’re not doing their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Anaheim winter, you may 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 may even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

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

Any of these problems signify that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Eco Fresh HVAC Inc.. You can reach us at 714-855-1717, or set up an appointment with us online.

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