The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s an ideal 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 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 lower, so they can’t do their task 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 seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual problem.

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 pulls moisture from these items. You could even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

While 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 flooring
  • Spaces in the molding and trim
  • Peeling wallpaper

All of these concerns indicate that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services. 

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