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 assess your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air absorbs 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 get 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 issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Belton winter, you may notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lack 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 might 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 notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Bell Air Conditioning Inc.. You can reach us at 254-939-1141, or set up an appointment with us online.