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 great time to review 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 impact your health and your house. 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 some truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Keokuk winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue. 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 pulls moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at WM J Kraus & Son. You can reach us at 319-524-3714, or set up an appointment with us online.