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 get through winter and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal time to look in to 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 Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s cold outside. Your chance of catching a cold may rise 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 essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase 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 might be the issue. 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 may 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 an everlasting cold there are some other 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 issues could mean it’s time to think about a humidifier and better your indoor air quality. We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as possible. Your health and home are our top priority. Call us at 419-592-4756 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the perfect 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.