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 move through winter and into the beginning 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 play a role in your health and your home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s chilly outside. Your chance of getting a cold could grow 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 essential 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 extra itchy, lack of humidity could be the issue. 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 work to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Aside from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other 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 things could mean it’s time to look into 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 highest priority. Call us at 847-293-0047 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike 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.