The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 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 evaluate 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 home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick That you attain a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some 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 low, so they can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This increases your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Rocky Mount winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood around 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 never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Davis Heating & Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 540-483-5605, or schedule an appointment with us online.