The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to evaluate 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 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 a little truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Shelby Township winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood throughout 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 While itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some 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 signify 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 Mr. Air Repair . You can reach us at 586-262-4258, or schedule an appointment with us online.