The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good? As spring approaches, it’s an ideal time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air holds less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on 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 something to it. As we said, 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 can’t do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Raceland winter, you may see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. 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 lack of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood in 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 Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to look for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems indicate that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service. You can reach us at 985-537-6795, or schedule an appointment with us online.