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 evaluate 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 take a toll on your health and your residence. 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 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 decreased, so they are unable to do their job of cleaning out germs. This increases your chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Greenville winter, you may find your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem. 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 continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Ken Parker Service Inc. You can reach us at 903-883-2829, or schedule an appointment with us online.