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 progress from 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 play a role in 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 getting a cold may grow 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 critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and grow 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 very itchy, lack of humidity may be the culprit. Before you start buying lotion in bulk, think about adding 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 could cause damage to the wood around your home and make cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Other than 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 things could mean it’s time to look into a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality. We want to help be sure 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 479-372-4304 and speak with one of our indoor air experts to help you strike the best balance of humidity and comfort in your home. If it’s more convenient for you, we’ve made it easy to schedule an appointment with us online too.