The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is 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 absorbs 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 something to it. As we said, 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 lower, so they are unable to do their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Dresden winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lack 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 perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at McFadden Heating & Cooling. You can reach us at 1-866-781-0111, or arrange an appointment with us online.