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 move through winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect time to look in to 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 effect your health and your home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold may grow 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 essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of getting 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 very itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you start purchasing 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 might cause damage to the wood around your home and create 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, 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 look into a humidifier and boost 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 highest priority. Call us at 540-483-5605 and talk 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.