The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of 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 house. 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 mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. 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 your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Midlothian winter, you may notice your skin seems 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 problem. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to watch for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in your home’s 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! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp.. You can reach us at 804-379-1155, or arrange an appointment with us online.