The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to evaluate 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 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 something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to 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 Bossier City winter, you may see that your skin feels 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 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 will pull moisture from these items. You may 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 watch for as well: A rise in 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 probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 800-COOLING, or set up an appointment with us online.