Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from the colder months and into the start of spring, it’s a great chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air contains less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can effect your health and your home.
Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick
Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of ending up with a cold could rise 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 critical job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of ending up with an illness, such as the cold or flu.
Dry Air Impacts Your Skin
Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling very itchy, the absence of humidity may be the culprit. Before you start buying lotion in large quantities, contemplate investing in a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.
Damages to Your Home
If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will try to pull moisture from the items in your house. This might mean the wood in your home could experience damage and produce cracks in the walls and floors.
Checking for Dry Air
Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, such as:
- An increase in static electricity
- Cracks in your flooring
- Slits in trim and molding
- Peeling wallpaper
Any of these things could mean it’s wise to think about a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.
Our team wants to make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home should be your highest priority. You can contact us at 770-450-1539 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the perfect humidity level for your indoor space.