The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re 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 retains 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 attain 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 challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Metro Atlanta winter, you may find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture 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 might even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in the 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! Call our indoor air professionals at ACS Inc. You can reach us at 770-939-7500, or schedule an appointment with us online.