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 an ideal time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air retains 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 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 produce some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they can’t do 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 Colorado Springs winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems indicate that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Mitchell Heating. You can reach us at 719-596-6677, or set up an appointment with us online.