The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you are 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 holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house. 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 some 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 decreased, so they can’t do their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Upland winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture 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 perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other 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 indicate that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 909-982-5698, or schedule an appointment with us online.