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 progress from winter and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal time to reevaluate 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 impact 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 cold outside. Your chance of catching a cold may increase 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 important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and grow 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 extremely itchy, lack of humidity may be the issue. Before you start busting out lotion in bulk, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead. Damages to Your Home If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the things in your home. This could 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 a neverending cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, such as: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these issues could mean it’s time to think about a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality. We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our top priority. Call us at 309-762-3641 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike 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.