The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty 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 attain a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we said, 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 are unable to do their job of filtering out germs. This increases your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Locust winter, you may find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You may 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 some other symptoms to watch for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems indicate that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Dynamic Comfort Solutions. You can reach us at 704-485-5506, or schedule an appointment with us online.