Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days in the future and colder air holds a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your residence.
Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick
That you attain a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This heightens the possibility of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.
Dry Air Hurts Your Skin
In the Los Angeles winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual issue.
Damages to Your Home
The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You may even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.
Evaluating for Dry Air
While itchy skin and a perpetual cold are tips that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:
- A rise in in static electricity
- Cracks in your home’s flooring
- Gaps in your home’s trim and molding
- Loosening wallpaper
Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating.