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 evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty 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 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 something to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they’re not doing their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Denver winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also damage the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: A rise in 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 probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. You can reach us at 303-452-4146, or arrange an appointment with us online.