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 a number of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect 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 colder outside. Your chance of catching a cold could increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of 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 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 extra itchy, lack of humidity could be the problem. 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 try to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This could cause damage to the wood around your home and produce cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, like: An uptick in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these issues could mean it’s time to look into a humidifier and boost 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 949-525-9119 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 set up an appointment with us online too.