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 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 play a role in your health and your home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick Getting a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s cold outside. Your chance of getting a cold may 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 essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase 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 may 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 might 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, like: A boost in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these issues 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 possible. Your health and home are our top priority. Call us at 314-838-9800 and talk with one of our indoor air pros 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 set up an appointment with us online too.