The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact 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 something to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their job of sifting out germs. This increases your chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Murrieta winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest 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 Cool Air Solutions. You can reach us at 951-676-2665, or schedule an appointment with us online.