The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we get through the colder months and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal time to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect your health and your home.
Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick
Getting a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of catching a cold may grow 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 important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and increase your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.
Dry Air Damages Your Skin
Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity may be the culprit. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in large quantities, consider getting a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.
Damages to Your Home
When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will try to pull moisture from the objects in your indoor space. This might result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and produce cracks in the walls and floors.
Checking for Dry Air
Other than itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, including:
- A boost 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 wise 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 should be your greatest priority. You can contact us at 540-369-3971 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the appropriate amount of moisture.