The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days in the future and colder air absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your house.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because of the colder weather 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 lower, so they can’t do their job of cleaning out germs. This enhances the possibility of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Carlsbad winter, you could see that your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You could even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are indications that your indoor air is lacking moisture, 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
  • Spaces in the molding and trim
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems indicate that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services. You can contact us at 575-887-7777, or arrange an appointment with us online.

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