The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Do you know if the quality of the air you are 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 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 a little truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their job of cleaning out germs. This increases your chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Ontario winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy 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 pulls moisture from these items. You could 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 look for as well: A notable increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in the molding and trim Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Stan's Heating, Inc . You can reach us at 541-889-3987, or set up an appointment with us online.