As adults, the number of breathes we take is around 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we progress from the colder months and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal opportunity to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air means less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, 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 usually happen colder out. The possibility of catching a cold could increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the important job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.
Dry Air Impacts Your Skin
Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in bulk, consider adding a whole-home humidifier instead.
Damages to Your Home
If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will work to pull moisture from the items in your home. This could cause damage to the wood around your home and produce cracks in the walls and floors.
Checking for Dry Air
Apart from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a few ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, such as:
- An uptick in static electricity
- Cracks in your floors
- Slits in trim and molding
- Wallpaper that is coming down
Any of these problems could mean it’s smart to consider a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.
Our team wants to be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 270-358-3167 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture.