The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of 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 home. 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 something to it. As we said, 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 low, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Liberty and the Kansas City Metro Area winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards 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 throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You could 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 watch for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in the 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! Call our indoor air professionals at Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling. You can reach us at 816-286-7258, or schedule an appointment with us online.