The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell 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 have plenty 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 house. 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 a little truth to it. As we noted, 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 filtering out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the South Beloit and Belvidere winter, you may notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you 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 affect the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in your 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 can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.. You can reach us at 877-389-2465, or set up an appointment with us online.