The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to assess 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 take a toll on your health and your residence. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick That you get a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we said, 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 low, so they can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Paso Robles winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect the wood throughout 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 never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional 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 Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Paso Robles Heating and Air. You can reach us at 805-238-7553, or schedule an appointment with us online.