The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have 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 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 result in some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing 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 Aurora winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but an investment 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 throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You could 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 look for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Service Plus Mechanical. You can reach us at 630-809-6319, or arrange an appointment with us online.