As adults, the number of breathes we take is around 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from winter and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal chance to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number 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 the Odds of Getting Sick
Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of getting a cold could grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of getting the flu or a cold.
Dry Air Impacts Your Skin
Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling extra itchy, reduced of humidity might be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start buying lotion in large quantities, contemplate getting a whole-home humidifier instead.
Damages to Your Home
When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will try to pull moisture from the objects in your indoor space. This could result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and make 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
- Slits in trim and molding
- Wallpaper that is coming down
Any of these issues could mean it’s smart to look into a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.
Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as possible. Your health and home should be your highest priority. Reach out to our team at 209-257-3156 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture.