The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re 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 absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect 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 a little truth to it. As we mentioned, 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 decreased, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Buellton winter, you may find your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood in 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 Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in your home’s 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 are here to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 805-688-4018, or set up an appointment with us online.