Adults breathe 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 start of spring, it’s a great chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air means less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can impact your health and your home.
Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick
Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The possibility of catching a cold may grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and increase your chance of getting the flu or a cold.
Dry Air Impacts Your Skin
Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, reduced of humidity may be the problem. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in huge volumes, consider 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 work to pull moisture from the items in your house. This might mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.
Checking for Dry Air
Aside from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a handful of ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, like:
- An increase in static electricity
- Cracks in your floors
- Breaks in trim and molding
- Wallpaper that is coming down
Any of these things could mean it’s time to consider a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.
You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you make sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a highest priority. Call us at 410-228-4822 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the perfect humidity level for your indoor space.