The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to assess 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 take a toll on your health and your residence. 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 a little truth 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 low, so they’re not doing their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Lexington winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes 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 additional symptoms to look for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at James Heating & A/C, Inc. You can reach us at 336-853-6070, or set up an appointment with us online.