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 an ideal time to review 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 affect your health and your home. 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 something to it. As we said, 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’re not doing their job of filtering out germs. This increases the chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Pinellas County winter, you may find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood around 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 While itchy skin and a perpetual 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 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 can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc. You can reach us at 727-398-5515, or arrange an appointment with us online.