The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to evaluate 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 take a toll on 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 some truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health challenges. 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 your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Reeds Spring winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood in 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 While 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 rise in in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at All Seasons Comfort Systems Inc. You can reach us at 417-739-4606, or arrange an appointment with us online.