The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s a great situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have 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 house.

Low Humidity Increases 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 said, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do their job of filtering out germs. This enhances the possibility of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

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

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are tips that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to look for as well:

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

Any of these problems signify that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at True Temp Heating & Air Inc.