The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to review 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 impact your health and your home. 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 chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the San Angelo winter, you may notice your skin seems 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 issue. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture 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 could even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to look for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Air-Dynamics Inc. You can reach us at 325-655-2515, or set up an appointment with us online.