The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great 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 get a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we said, 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 can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Marshall winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve 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 might even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in the 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 can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at All Elements Heating & Air LLC. You can reach us at 903-702-3941, or schedule an appointment with us online.