The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to assess 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 take a toll on 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 something to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can result in 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 filtering out germs. This increases your chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Dallas winter, you may find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You may 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 a few other symptoms to watch for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Tri County Air Care LLC. You can reach us at 469-617-3437, or set up an appointment with us online.