The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is 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 absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on 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 something to it. As we said, 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 low, so they are unable to do their job of filtering out germs. This increases the chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Middletown 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 putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood throughout 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 While itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in your 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! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Schagrin Gas Company. You can reach us at 302-658-2000, or arrange an appointment with us online.