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 at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot 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 Getting a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s chilly outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold might 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 important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry 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 extremely itchy, lack of humidity could be the culprit. Before you start purchasing lotion in bulk, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead. Damages to Your Home If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your home. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Aside from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, like: A boost in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these things could mean it’s time to think about a humidifier and better your indoor air quality. We want to help be 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 336-853-6070 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify 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.