The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from 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 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 colder outside. Your chance of getting a cold could rise 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 critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and increase your chance of getting 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 problem. Before you start busting out lotion in bulk, think about adding a whole-home humidifier instead. Damages to Your Home If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and make cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Apart from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, including: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these things could mean it’s time to think about 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 256-574-1300 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify 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.