The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal 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 impact your health and your home. 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 some truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Longview winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also impact 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 never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: A rise in 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 likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc.. You can reach us at 903-758-0701, or schedule an appointment with us online.