The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of 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 home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick That you catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we noted, 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 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 Florissant winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity 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 could 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 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 indicate that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at B & B Heating & Cooling. You can reach us at 314-838-9800, or set up an appointment with us online.