The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know 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 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 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 noted, 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’re not doing their job of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Franklin Lakes winter, you may find your skin seems 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 humidity in your home’s air can also damage the wood around 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 Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to look 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 suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Total Comfort. You can reach us at 201-891-1333, or set up an appointment with us online.