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 move through winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s a great 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 typically happen simply because it’s cold outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold could 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 become dry they open up and grow 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 may be the problem. 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 attempt to pull moisture from the things in your home. This could 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 a few ways to check for dry air in your home, including: 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 better your indoor air quality. We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as possible. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Call us at 318-747-4965 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the ideal 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.