The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air retains 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 catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some 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 low, so they can’t do their job of filtering out germs. This increases the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Olathe winter, you may notice your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment 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 affect the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls 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 keep an eye out for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in the 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’re happy to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 913-432-3342, or schedule an appointment with us online.