The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of 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 house. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick That you get a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Tuscaloosa winter, you may find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual problem. Damages to Your Home The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around 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 a few other symptoms to watch for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at KDM Service Corporation. You can reach us at 205-758-2703, or set up an appointment with us online.