The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from winter and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can impact your health and your home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s cold outside. Your chance of catching a cold might increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection. Dry Air Damages Your Skin Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity might be the culprit. Before you start buying lotion in bulk, think about investing in a whole-home humidifier instead. Damages to Your Home If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the items in your home. This may cause damage to the wood around your home and produce cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, including: A boost in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these things could mean it’s time to think about a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality. We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home are our top priority. Call us at 478-784-1109 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home. If it’s more convenient for you, we’ve made it easy to schedule an appointment with us online too.