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 play a role in 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 ending up with a cold might grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of 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 become dry they open up and boost 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 very itchy, lack of humidity might 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 try to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and produce 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, like: 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 consider a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality. We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our top priority. Call us at 661-437-3499 and speak with one of our indoor air pros 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.