The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you are 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 holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence. 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 mentioned, 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 decreased, so they are unable to do 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 Asheville winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You might 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 some other symptoms to look for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at 1st Choice Service Group Inc. You can reach us at 828-551-2913, or schedule an appointment with us online.