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 beginning of spring, it’s an ideal time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty 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 could increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of 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 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 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 try to pull moisture from the items 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 Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, like: 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 think about a humidifier and boost 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 greatest priority. Call us at 703-369-5528 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify 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.