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 have plenty cool days coming up and colder air holds 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 a little truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can produce 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 cleaning out germs. This increases your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Laguna Hills winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood in 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 Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to look for as well: An increase 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’re happy to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at White Mechanical, Inc.. You can reach us at 949-716-8379, or schedule an appointment with us online.