Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is decent? As spring gets closer, it’s a perfect occasion to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days ahead of us and colder air retains a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your home.
Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick
That you attain a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they are unable to do their job of filtering out germs. This heightens the possibility of your family getting an illness.
Dry Air Damages Your Skin
In the East Bernard winter, you might see that your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual culprit.
Damages to Your Home
The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You could even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.
Watching for Dry Air
Even though itchy skin and a continuous cold are tips that your indoor air may be dry, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:
- A notable increase in static electricity
- Cracks in your home’s flooring
- Openings in your trim and molding
- Loosening wallpaper
Each of these issues suggest that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at E.B. Air, LLC.