The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to assess 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 house. 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 a little truth to it. As we said, 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 lower, so they are unable to do their job of cleaning out germs. This increases your chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Wharton winter, you may find your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage 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 While itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating. You can reach us at 979-532-2511, or arrange an appointment with us online.