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 an ideal time to review 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 impact your health and your house. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick That you catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their job of filtering out germs. This increases your chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Erie winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual issue. 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 will pull moisture from these items. You could even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Even though 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: An increase 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 likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Patterson & Stirling Inc. You can reach us at 814-833-5558, or set up an appointment with us online.