The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air holds 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 attain 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 problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their job of cleaning out germs. This increases your chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Phoenix winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. 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 impact the wood throughout 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 perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. You can reach us at 602-997-5701, or set up an appointment with us online.