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 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 Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of getting a cold might 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 important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out 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 very itchy, lack of humidity could be the problem. Before you start buying 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 items in your home. This may cause damage to the wood around your home and make cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Other than 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 things could mean it’s time to consider a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality. We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Call us at 601-736-7362 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals 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 set up an appointment with us online too.