The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great 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 affect 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 a little truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they’re not doing their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Bishop winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You may 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 the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 760-784-9034, or set up an appointment with us online.