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The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air absorbs 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 catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we noted, 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 job of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Santee winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. 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 lack of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Gaps in your trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Aireforce Heating & Air Inc. You can reach us at 619-448-2470, or arrange an appointment with us online.