The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell 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 will still have 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 residence. 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 something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their job of filtering out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Excelsior Springs winter, you may find your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also damage the wood around 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 Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to look for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Colvin's Inc. You can reach us at 816-630-2702, or set up an appointment with us online.