Adults breathe approximately 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 days of spring, it’s a great opportunity to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air means less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect your health and your home.
Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick
Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of catching a cold may grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the critical 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 extra itchy, lack of humidity might be the culprit. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in large quantities, think about adding 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 work to pull moisture from the items in your house. This could 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 check for dry air in your home, including:
- A boost in static electricity
- Cracks in your floors
- Slits in trim and molding
- Wallpaper that is coming down
Any of these problems could mean it’s time to look into a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.
Our team wants to make sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are the best possible. Your health and home should be your top priority. Reach out to our team at 937-845-1111 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture.