The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016Adults breathe around 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 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 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 might rise 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 essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out 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 extra itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you start purchasing lotion in bulk, think about investing in 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 could 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, such as: An uptick in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these things could mean it’s time to consider 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 highest priority. Call us at 630-833-1100 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the best 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.