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 start of spring, it’s an ideal 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 Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of getting 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 critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out 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 extremely itchy, lack of humidity could 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 try to pull moisture from the things 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 Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, including: An increase in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems could mean it’s time to think about a humidifier and improve 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 highest priority. Call us at 503-848-3838 and speak with one of our indoor air experts to help you strike the perfect 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.