The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of 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 attain a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their job of filtering out germs. This increases the chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the the Midlands winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. 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 affect the wood around 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 continuous 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 the flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Alltemp Comfort Services LLC. You can reach us at 803-220-0753, or schedule an appointment with us online.