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 progress from winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect time to look in to 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 impact your health and your home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of getting a cold may rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of 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 dry out they open up and increase your chance of ending up with 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 might 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 try to pull moisture from the things in your home. This might 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 some other ways to check for dry air in your home, such as: An uptick in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these things could mean it’s time to consider a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality. We want to help ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home are our highest priority. Call us at 775-882-8154 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the ideal 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.