The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence. 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 mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce 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 sifting out germs. This increases your chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Mobile winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to look for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems indicate that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. You can reach us at 251-471-2674, or set up an appointment with us online.