The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air absorbs 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 problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they can’t do 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 Wisconsin Rapids winter, you may find your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards 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 affect the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull 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 some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems indicate that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc. You can reach us at 715-421-5555, or schedule an appointment with us online.