The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are 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 affect your health and your home. 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 produce some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they’re not doing their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Crestview winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also damage the wood throughout 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 keep an eye out for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in your 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’re happy to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Gordon Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 850-682-5509, or schedule an appointment with us online.