The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air retains 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 some truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health issues. 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 McHenry winter, you may find your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around 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 additional symptoms to watch for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Jett's Heating & Air Inc.. You can reach us at 815-459-4700, or schedule an appointment with us online.