The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your residence. 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 some truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their job of cleaning out germs. This increases your chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Saint Louis winter, you may find your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air While 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 the flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems indicate that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating. You can reach us at 314-961-0875, or set up an appointment with us online.