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 progress from winter and into the days of spring, it’s a great time to look at 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 getting a cold might rise 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 boost 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 purchasing lotion in bulk, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead. Damages to Your Home If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your home. This could 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 few ways to check for dry air in your home, such as: An increase 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 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 772-335-3232 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find 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.