The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 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 great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air retains 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 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 challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Grove City 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 provide a remedy the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture 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 Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Air Quality Solutions. You can reach us at 614-871-4144, or schedule an appointment with us online.