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 start of spring, it’s a perfect time to look in to 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 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 chilly outside. Your chance of getting a cold may 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 essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and boost 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 may be the problem. 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 work to pull moisture from the objects 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 Apart from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, including: An uptick in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these issues could mean it’s time to look into a humidifier and better your indoor air quality. We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as possible. Your health and home are our highest priority. Call us at 325-655-2515 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the perfect 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.