The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 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 an ideal time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have 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 a little 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’re not doing 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 Macon winter, you may find your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood throughout 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 some other symptoms to watch for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems indicate 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 Air Temperature Control. You can reach us at 478-784-1109, or set up an appointment with us online.