The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air absorbs 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 get a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health challenges. 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 Manassas 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 investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood throughout 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 some other symptoms to look for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in your home’s 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 can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Twin Air LLC. You can reach us at 703-754-1062, or set up an appointment with us online.