As adults, the number of breathes we take is around 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we progress from colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air contains less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can effect your health and your home.
Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick
Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen colder out. The risk of ending up with a cold could grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.
Dry Air Affects 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 problem. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in bulk, consider 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 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
Aside from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, such as:
- An uptick in static electricity
- Cracks in the floors
- Gaps in trim and molding
- Wallpaper that is coming down
Any of these issues could mean it’s wise to think about 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 every day are as good as possible. Your health and home is a highest priority. Call us at 309-517-7511 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the best humidity level for your indoor space.