As adults, the number of breathes we take is around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal time to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air contains less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect your health and your home.
Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick
Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. Your chance of getting a cold may grow 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 removing bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of getting the flu or a cold.
Dry Air Affects Your Skin
Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extremely itchy, reduced of humidity may be the culprit. Before you start buying lotion in huge volumes, consider adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.
Damages to Your Home
If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the things in your indoor space. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make cracks in the walls and floors.
Checking for Dry Air
Apart from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a handful of ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, like:
- An uptick in static electricity
- Cracks in your floors
- Slits in trim and molding
- Peeling wallpaper
Any of these problems could mean it’s smart to consider a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.
You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home are our highest priority. You can contact us at 304-707-0600 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the perfect humidity level for your indoor space.