The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is 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 absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your home. 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 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 can’t do their job of filtering out germs. This increases your chances of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Rapid City winter, you may notice your skin is dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit. Damages to Your Home The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood throughout 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 look for as well: An increase in static electricity Cracks in the flooring Gaps in your home’s trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems signify that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc. You can reach us at 605-342-5107, or arrange an appointment with us online.