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 days 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 typically happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of getting a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower 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 dry out they open up and boost 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 very itchy, lack of humidity may 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 objects in your home. This may 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 an everlasting cold there are some other 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 problems could mean it’s time to think about 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 possible. Your health and home are our highest priority. Call us at 801-969-7088 and talk with one of our indoor air pros 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 set up an appointment with us online too.