The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence. 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 something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, 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 West Palm Beach winter, you may find your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit. 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 pulls moisture from these items. You could 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 some other symptoms to look for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc. You can reach us at 561-515-5527, or arrange an appointment with us online.