The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air retains 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 get 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 produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t 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 Chadron winter, you may notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage 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 Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at MPC Heating & Cooling. You can reach us at 308-432-5301, or schedule an appointment with us online.