As adults, the number of breathes we take is approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we move through the colder months and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal chance to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air contains less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can impact your health and your home.
Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick
Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen colder out. The risk of ending up with a cold might 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 filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and boost your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.
Dry Air Impacts Your Skin
Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, the absence of humidity may be the issue. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in bulk, contemplate adding 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 home. This might result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and create cracks in the walls and floors.
Checking for Dry Air
Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, including:
- An uptick in static electricity
- Cracks in your flooring
- Slits in trim and molding
- Peeling wallpaper
Any of these problems could mean it’s time to think about a humidifier and improve 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 every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home should be your top priority. You can contact us at 803-220-0761 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you strike the perfect solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture.