The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to evaluate 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 attain 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 lower, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This increases your chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Bakersfield winter, you may notice your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem. 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 pulls moisture from these items. You could even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing. You can reach us at 661-437-3499, or set up an appointment with us online.