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 start of spring, it’s a great 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 effect your health and your home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s cold outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower 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 grow your chance of ending up with 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 may be the issue. Before you start purchasing lotion in bulk, think about investing in a whole-home humidifier instead. Damages to Your Home If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the things in your home. This may cause damage to the wood around your home and make cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Aside from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, including: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these things could mean it’s time to look into 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 highest priority. Call us at 724-452-6280 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the best 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.