The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air holds 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 catch 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 cause you some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their job of cleaning out germs. This increases your chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Plainfield winter, you may notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity 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 may even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems indicate that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc. You can reach us at 815-768-6656, or schedule an appointment with us online.