The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring arrives, it’s a great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air holds less 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 catch a cold because of the colder weather 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 problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do their function of cleaning out germs. This heightens your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Lodi winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lower humidity in your home’s air can also damage 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.

Evaluating 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
  • Gaps in your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

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