The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty 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 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 some truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Saint Peters winter, you may notice your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue. 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 pulls moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air While itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to look for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at C-N-O Comfort Zone. You can reach us at 636-578-1777, or set up an appointment with us online.