The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great 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 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 low, so they can’t do their job of filtering out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the West Columbia winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. 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 throughout 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 continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc.. You can reach us at 803-796-9172, or set up an appointment with us online.