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 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 get a cold because cool temps 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 heightens 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 notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are indications 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
  • 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’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Eco Fresh HVAC Inc.. 

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