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 move through winter and into the days of spring, it’s a great time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can play a role in your health and your home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of getting a cold could increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and increase 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 extra itchy, lack of humidity might be the culprit. Before you start busting out lotion in bulk, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead. Damages to Your Home If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your home. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Aside from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, like: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these issues could mean it’s time to consider a humidifier and better 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 708-301-0170 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home. If it’s more convenient for you, we’ve made it easy to set up an appointment with us online too.