The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 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 perfect time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence. 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 some truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their job of sifting out germs. This increases the chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Pacheco winter, you may notice your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems indicate that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Clean Air HVAC. You can reach us at 925-689-7017, or arrange an appointment with us online.