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 days of spring, it’s a perfect time to reevaluate 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 impact your health and your home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s chilly outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold might 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 get drier 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 could be the issue. 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 try to pull moisture from the things 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 handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, including: A boost in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems could mean it’s time to think about a humidifier and boost 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 highest priority. Call us at 586-262-4258 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the best 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.