The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 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 perfect 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 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 some truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This increases your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the West Palm Beach winter, you may find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood in 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 Even though itchy skin and a never-ending 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 flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding 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! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Summit Air Conditioning Inc. You can reach us at 561-582-3390, or arrange an appointment with us online.