The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your residence. 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 decreased, so they’re not doing their job of filtering out germs. This increases your chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Utica winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also damage the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls 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 look for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in your home’s 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’re happy to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc.. You can reach us at 586-731-0950, or arrange an appointment with us online.