The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air retains 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 some truth to it. As we mentioned, 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 decreased, 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 Lodi 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 investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in your 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 Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 209-368-0556, or arrange an appointment with us online.