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 a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty 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 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 a little truth to it. As we mentioned, 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 are unable to do their job of filtering out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the the Upper Rio Grande Valley winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you 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 takes moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to watch for as well: A rise in 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 probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Cytech Heating & Cooling. You can reach us at 956-630-3522, or set up an appointment with us online.