The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure 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 still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact 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 said, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Groves winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also damage the wood around 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 additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Air Solutions, Inc. You can reach us at 409-962-2476, or arrange an appointment with us online.