The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of 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 get 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 challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they are unable to do their job of filtering out germs. This increases your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Napoleon and Northwest Ohio winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but investing 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 throughout 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 continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional 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 indicate that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc.. You can reach us at 419-592-4756, or set up an appointment with us online.