The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect 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 take a toll on 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 mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Carpentersville winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood throughout 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 While itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc. You can reach us at 224-699-9229, or schedule an appointment with us online.