The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air holds 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 a little truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their job of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Springfield winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around 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 Even though 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 your flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems indicate that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Bormida Mechanical Services Inc. You can reach us at 217-210-2662, or schedule an appointment with us online.