The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty 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 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 something to it. As we noted, 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 filtering out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Augusta 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 affect the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You could even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to watch for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems indicate 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 McCune Heating & Cooling. You can reach us at 316-733-9123, or arrange an appointment with us online.