The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect 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 some truth to it. As we said, 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 cleaning out germs. This increases your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the West Palm Beach winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes 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: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc.. You can reach us at 561-656-4255, or schedule an appointment with us online.