As adults, the number of breathes we take is around 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we get through colder weather and into the beginning 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 contains less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect your health and your home.
Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick
Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of catching a cold might increase 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 important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of catching an illness, such as the cold or flu.
Dry Air Damages Your Skin
Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extremely itchy, reduced of humidity could be the issue. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in large quantities, contemplate adding 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 attempt to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This might mean the wood in your home could experience damage and produce cracks in the walls and floors.
Checking for Dry Air
Aside from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a handful of ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:
- An increase in static electricity
- Cracks in your flooring
- Breaks in trim and molding
- Wallpaper that is coming down
Any of these problems could mean it’s time to look into a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.
Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home are our top priority. You can contact us at 803-265-4208 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture.