The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air absorbs 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 a little truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health problems. 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 coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Humble winter, you may notice your skin feels 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 fix the actual issue. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture 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 could even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Air Houston Mechanical LLC. You can reach us at 832-777-1521, or set up an appointment with us online.