The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect 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 a little truth to it. As we mentioned, 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 lower, so they can’t do 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 Hamilton winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well: A rise in 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! Call our indoor air professionals at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC. You can reach us at 513-275-3601, or set up an appointment with us online.