The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are 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 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 catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we noted, 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 cleaning out germs. This increases your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Colorado Springs winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Triton HVAC & Refrigeration. You can reach us at 719-332-3458, or arrange an appointment with us online.