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 a perfect time to look in to 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 impact your health and your home. Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick Getting a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s cold outside. Your chance of getting a cold might 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 dry out 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 may be the problem. Before you start buying lotion in bulk, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead. Damages to Your Home If your air lacks moisture it will attempt 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 neverending cold there are a handful of 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 problems could mean it’s time to consider 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 973-884-0065 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify 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.