The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a perfect situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air absorbs a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This increases your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Buellton winter, you may notice your skin seems 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 culprit.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity 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 may even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

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

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

All of these concerns indicate that it’s probably time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning. 

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