The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 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 assess your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your house. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick That you get 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 produce some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they are unable to do 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 Show Low winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a 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 affect the wood in 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 perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well: An 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 Rim Country Mechanical, Inc.. You can reach us at 928-537-1803, or schedule an appointment with us online.