As adults, the number of breathes we take is nearly 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we get through winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal opportunity to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can effect your health and your home.
Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick
Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. The possibility of ending up with a cold could increase 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 important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of ending up with 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 extremely itchy, lack of humidity may be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start busting out lotion in bulk, think about investing in a whole-home humidifier as another solution.
Damages to Your Home
If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the items in your home. This could result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and make cracks in the walls and floors.
Checking for Dry Air
Aside from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, including:
- A boost in static electricity
- Cracks in your flooring
- Gaps in trim and molding
- Peeling wallpaper
Any of these issues could mean it’s time to consider a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.
Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home should be your top priority. You can contact us at 951-299-9853 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the perfect humidity level for your indoor space.