The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days ahead of us and colder air holds a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they’re not doing their task of sifting out germs. This heightens the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Irvine winter, you might notice your skin is dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.

Damages to Your Home

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

Evaluating for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:

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

Any of these problems signify that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at True Home Heating and Air Conditioning. 

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