The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 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 still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house. 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 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 decreased, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Cedar Rapids winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix 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 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 watch for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Ilten's Incorporated. You can reach us at 319-363-0283, or schedule an appointment with us online.