The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016 Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is 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 home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick That you get a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we mentioned, 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 lower, so they’re not doing their job of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin In the Beaverton winter, you may find your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue. Damages to Your Home The lower humidity 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 might even see cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air While itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to watch 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 indicate that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Garoken Energy Co. Inc.. You can reach us at 503-848-3838, or schedule an appointment with us online.