The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to evaluate 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 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 a little truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health problems. 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 the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the East Peoria winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also damage the wood around 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 a few other symptoms to watch for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in your 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 are here to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC. You can reach us at 309-437-2703, or set up an appointment with us online.