The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to evaluate 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 mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they can’t do 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 Humble winter, you may find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture 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 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 keep an eye out for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Arrings A/C & Heating. You can reach us at 281-713-8304, or schedule an appointment with us online.