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 days of spring, it’s a perfect time to look at 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 cold outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold might rise 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 critical 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 extremely itchy, lack of humidity might be the problem. Before you start buying 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 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 an everlasting cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, including: 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 consider a humidifier and better 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 903-883-2829 and talk with one of our indoor air experts 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 arrange an appointment with us online too.