The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016Adults breathe around 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 look at 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 impact your health and your home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s chilly outside. Your chance of getting a cold could increase 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 important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase 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 could be the issue. Before you start busting out lotion in bulk, think about adding 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 create cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Aside from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, such as: A boost 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 the best possible. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Call us at 772-318-4252 and speak 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 set up an appointment with us online too.