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 move through winter and into the start of spring, it’s a great 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 typically happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of catching 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 critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier 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 very itchy, lack of humidity could be the issue. Before you start buying lotion in bulk, think about adding 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 may cause damage to the wood around your home and make 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 problems could mean it’s time to consider a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality. We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home are our highest priority. Call us at 770-939-7500 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the perfect 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.