The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact 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 mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t 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 East Hanover winter, you may find your skin seems 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 solve the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well: A rise in in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Effective Service Group, LLC.. You can reach us at 973-884-0065, or set up an appointment with us online.