The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a great chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon 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 the Likelihood of Getting Sick
Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. Your chance of ending up with a cold may increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the essential job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and grow your chance of catching 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 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 instead.
Damages to Your Home
If your air lacks moisture it will try to pull moisture from the objects in your house. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make cracks in the walls and floors.
Checking for Dry Air
Other than itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, such as:
- An uptick in static electricity
- Cracks in the floors
- Breaks in trim and molding
- Wallpaper that is coming down
Any of these issues could mean it’s time to look into a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.
Our team wants to be sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as possible. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 520-200-1048 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home.