The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure 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 have plenty cool days coming up and colder air absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your home. 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 something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they’re not doing their job of sifting out germs. This increases the chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Tampa Bay winter, you may see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem. 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 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 never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Langford Cooling. You can reach us at 813-898-9553, or arrange an appointment with us online.