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 beginning of spring, it’s a perfect time to look at 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 play a role in your health and your home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s cold outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold might 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 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 could be the culprit. Before you start busting out lotion in bulk, think about investing in 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 might 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 neverending cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, like: A boost in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these things 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 they can be. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Call us at 302-436-2922 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the best 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.