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 move through winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s a great 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 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 colder outside. Your chance of catching a cold could 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 essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and boost your chance of getting 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 extra 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 try to pull moisture from the items in your home. This could cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Apart from itchy skin and a neverending 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 look into a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality. We want to help ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our top priority. Call us at 308-432-5301 and chat with one of our indoor air pros 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 set up an appointment with us online too.