The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to review 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 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 lower, so they’re not doing their job of filtering out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Opelika winter, you may find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes 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 look for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems indicate that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Farnell Mechanical, Inc.. You can reach us at 334-524-2458, or schedule an appointment with us online.