The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house. 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 some truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Colfax winter, you may find your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual issue. 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 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 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! Call our indoor air professionals at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 509-397-3622, or set up an appointment with us online.