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 great time to look at 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 typically happen simply because it’s cold outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold may rise 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 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 could be the issue. Before you start busting out lotion in bulk, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead. Damages to Your Home If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the things 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 Other than itchy skin and a neverending 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 issues could mean it’s time to look into a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality. We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home are our top priority. Call us at 610-626-2540 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals 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.