The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know 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 retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your house. 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 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 low, so they can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This increases your chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Scottsboro winter, you may notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also affect 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 While itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to look for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc.. You can reach us at 256-574-1300, or set up an appointment with us online.