The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have 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 challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do 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 Carlsbad winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. 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 humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You could even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out 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 indicate that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services. You can reach us at 575-887-7777, or arrange an appointment with us online.