The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of 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 catch 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 problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they are unable to do their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Brea winter, you may notice your skin seems 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 solve the actual issue. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also damage the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You could even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air While itchy skin and a continuous 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 the molding and trim 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! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Econo Air. You can reach us at 714-695-6661, or arrange an appointment with us online.