The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is 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 affect your health and your home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick That you attain 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 produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their job of sifting out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Robstown winter, you may see that 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 provide a remedy 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 could even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air While itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at McNatt Inc. You can reach us at 361-888-4808, or schedule an appointment with us online.