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 great 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 impact your health and your home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick Catching a cold doesn’t usually 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 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 culprit. Before you start purchasing 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 items 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 Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, such as: 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 think about a humidifier and better your indoor air quality. We want to help ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as possible. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Call us at 803-318-6995 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the perfect 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.