The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know 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 will still have cool days coming up and colder air retains 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 catch 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 lower, so they can’t do their job of filtering out germs. This increases the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Manassas Park 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 provide a remedy the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity in your home’s air can also affect the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air While 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 the flooring Gaps in your trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Woody's Sudden Service Inc. You can reach us at 703-369-5528, or set up an appointment with us online.