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 Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s chilly outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold may 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 increase 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 very itchy, lack of humidity may be the issue. Before you start busting out lotion in bulk, think about investing in 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 may cause damage to the wood around your home and produce cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Aside from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, like: 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 better your indoor air quality. We want to help ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our highest priority. Call us at 309-517-7511 and talk with one of our indoor air experts 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.