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 get through winter and into the days 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 holds less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can play a role in your health and your home.
Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick
Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The possibility of catching a cold could increase 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 essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of getting the flu or a cold.
Dry Air Damages Your Skin
Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, the absence of humidity could be the culprit. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in large quantities, 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 try to pull moisture from the items in your home. This might mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make cracks in the walls and floors.
Checking for Dry Air
Other than itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, including:
- An uptick in static electricity
- Cracks in the floors
- Breaks in trim and molding
- Wallpaper that is coming down
Any of these issues could mean it’s smart to consider a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.
We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are the best possible. Your health and home is a top priority. Reach out to our team at 937-558-9478 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the perfect solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture.