The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick That you get a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we said, 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 low, so they are unable to do their job of filtering out germs. This increases your chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Baltimore winter, you may see that your skin seems 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 problem. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood in 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 never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Quality Refrigeration. You can reach us at 410-355-6010, or schedule an appointment with us online.