Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we move through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a great time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air contains less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can play a role in your health and your home.
Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick
Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of getting a cold may rise 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 essential job of removing 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 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 start buying lotion in bulk, consider investing in a whole-home humidifier as another solution.
Damages to Your Home
When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will work to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create 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 on the moisture levels in your house, such as:
- An increase in static electricity
- Cracks in the floors
- Slits in trim and molding
- Wallpaper that is coming down
Any of these problems could mean it’s smart to think about a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.
Our team wants to make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home is a top priority. You can contact us at 928-263-8570 and speak with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the perfect solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture.