dry air

The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of 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 home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the La Puente winter, you may find your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture 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 see cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Gaps in your trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems signify that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Temp Air System Inc. You can reach us at 626-587-4559, or arrange an appointment with us online.