The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to assess 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 house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

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

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Paso Robles winter, you might notice your skin is dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes 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 never-ending cold are indications that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are additional symptoms to look for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Openings in the molding and trim
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at Paso Robles Heating and Air.