The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are 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 retains 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 some truth 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 lower, so they are unable to do their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Rock Hill winter, you may find your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood around 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 continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your home’s 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 US Air Heating and Cooling. You can reach us at 803-980-4328, or arrange an appointment with us online.