The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air absorbs 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 a little truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Bountiful winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood in 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 While itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your home’s flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems indicate that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Craig's Heating & Cooling. You can reach us at 801-295-3357, or set up an appointment with us online.