The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is decent? As spring gets closer, it’s an ideal time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days in the future and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their job of cleaning out germs. This increases your chances of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Hurts Your Skin

In the Laguna Hills winter, you could see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also affect 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.

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are tips that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to look for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Spaces in your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues signify that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at White Mechanical, Inc.. 

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