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 progress from winter and into the start of spring, it’s a perfect time to look in to 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 normally happen simply because it’s cold outside. Your chance of catching a cold may rise 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 get drier they open up and increase your chance of catching 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 may be the culprit. 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 items in your home. This may cause damage to the wood around your home and produce cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting 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 problems 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 as good as possible. Your health and home are our top priority. Call us at 715-345-1979 and talk with one of our indoor air experts to help you find the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home. If it’s more convenient for you, we’ve made it easy to arrange an appointment with us online too.