The Problem with Dry Air04/19/2016Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through winter and into the days of spring, it’s a great 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 normally happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold may 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 important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and boost 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 extremely itchy, lack of humidity may be the issue. Before you start buying lotion in bulk, think about investing in a whole-home humidifier instead. Damages to Your Home If your air lacks moisture it will attempt 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 Aside from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are some other 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 think about a humidifier and better 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 top priority. Call us at 785-357-6200 and talk with one of our indoor air experts to help you strike 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.