The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring arrives, it’s an ideal occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air retains a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you get 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 cause you some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their function of cleaning out germs. This heightens your chances of your family getting an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Lodi winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. 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 pulls moisture from these items. You might even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are tips that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Spaces in your trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Each of these issues signify that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning. 

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