The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot 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 normally happen simply because it’s chilly outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold might grow 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 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 may 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 try to pull moisture from the items 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 Other than itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, such as: 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 look into a humidifier and boost 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 greatest priority. Call us at 614-451-0846 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals 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 arrange an appointment with us online too.