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 progress from winter and into the start of spring, it’s a great time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot 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 Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of catching a cold could 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 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 might be the problem. Before you start purchasing lotion in bulk, think about investing in 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 might cause damage to the wood around your home and produce cracks in the walls and floors. Checking for Dry Air Other than itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, including: 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 think about a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality. We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our highest priority. Call us at 626-478-2922 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals 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 schedule an appointment with us online too.