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 get through winter and into the days 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 effect your health and your home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of catching a cold might increase 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 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 may be the culprit. Before you start buying 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 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 Apart from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a few 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 things could mean it’s time to consider a humidifier and boost 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 greatest priority. Call us at 601-268-3486 and talk 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.