As adults, the number of breathes we take is approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through the colder months and into the start of spring, it’s a great opportunity to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air holds 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 typically happen colder out. The possibility of getting a cold may rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the critical job of monitoring for 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 Affects Your Skin
Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you rush to the store to start busting out lotion in bulk, consider adding 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 items in your house. 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 a neverending cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, including:
- An increase in static electricity
- Cracks in your flooring
- Breaks in trim and molding
- Peeling wallpaper
Any of these things 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 ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a highest priority. Reach out to our team at 952-373-0377 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the ideal humidity level for your indoor space.