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 enough? As spring gets closer, it’s an ideal situation to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something 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 low, so they can’t do their task of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Paso Robles winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Even though 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 your home’s flooring
  • Openings in your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems signify that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at Paso Robles Heating and Air. You can reach us at 805-203-8667, or schedule an appointment with us online.

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