The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact 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 something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Ballwin winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment 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 takes moisture from these items. You might 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 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 possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 636-391-7377, or arrange an appointment with us online.