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 move through colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect chance to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect 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 risk of catching a cold might increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the essential job of removing bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and grow your chance of catching the flu or a cold.
Dry Air Impacts Your Skin
Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in large quantities, contemplate investing in a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.
Damages to Your Home
If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your house. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors.
Checking for Dry Air
Aside from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, including:
- A boost in static electricity
- Cracks in the floors
- Breaks in trim and molding
- Wallpaper that is coming down
Any of these things could mean it’s smart to think about 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 is a greatest priority. Call us at 239-244-3439 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the appropriate amount of moisture.