Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s an ideal time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us and colder air absorbs a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect 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 some 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 cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.
Dry Air Hurts Your Skin
In the Laguna Niguel winter, you could notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.
Damages to Your Home
The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You could even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.
Checking for Dry Air
Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are tips that your indoor air may be dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:
- An increase in static electricity
- Cracks in your flooring
- Spaces in your trim and molding
- Loosening wallpaper
All of these concerns signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating .