The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. 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 ahead of us 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 it’s cold 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 result in some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their task of sifting out germs. This heightens the chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Buellton winter, you might find your skin is dry and itchy. Absence 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 lack 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 might even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

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

Any of these problems indicate that it’s possibly time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning. 

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