The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have 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 house. 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 some truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Vancouver winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You could 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 a few other symptoms to watch 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 signify that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC. You can reach us at 360-571-5100, or schedule an appointment with us online.