The average person breathes around 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we move through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a great opportunity to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air contains less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can impact your health and your home.
Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick
Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen colder out. The risk of ending up with a cold might grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the important job of removing bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and boost your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.
Dry Air Affects Your Skin
Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, the absence of humidity may be the culprit. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in bulk, contemplate adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.
Damages to Your Home
If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the items in your home. This might 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 an everlasting cold there are a few ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, like:
- An uptick in static electricity
- Cracks in your floors
- Gaps in trim and molding
- Wallpaper that is coming down
Any of these things could mean it’s time to think about a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.
You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as possible. Your health and home should be your top priority. Call us at 641-316-9803 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the best humidity level for your indoor space.