The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths a 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 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 affect 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 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 can’t do their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Abilene winter, you may notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You may 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 additional symptoms to watch 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 suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Abilene Air-Tech Inc. You can reach us at 325-692-5850, or arrange an appointment with us online.