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 an ideal time to look at 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 Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of getting a cold might 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 essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and grow 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 culprit. Before you start purchasing 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 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 handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, like: An uptick in static electricity Cracks in your flooring Gaps in trim and molding Peeling wallpaper Any of these problems could mean it’s time to consider 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 possible. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Call us at 812-332-9100 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the perfect 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.