The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through winter and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal 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 chilly 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 important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and boost 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 culprit. 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 work to pull moisture from the items in your home. This may cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Apart from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are some other 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 problems 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 703-754-1062 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the perfect 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.