The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of 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 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 noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their job of filtering out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Winchester winter, you may see that your skin is 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 fix the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air While itchy skin and a perpetual 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 flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Thornberry Bros Inc. You can reach us at 859-745-1564, or schedule an appointment with us online.