The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of 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 a little truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their job of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Wyandotte winter, you may find your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual culprit. 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 could even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air While itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 734-284-1224, or set up an appointment with us online.