The average person breathes around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect your health and your home.
Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick
Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen colder out. The possibility of catching a cold could rise 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 dry out they open up and grow your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.
Dry Air Damages Your Skin
Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling very itchy, reduced of humidity might be the culprit. Before you start busting out lotion in large quantities, consider adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.
Damages to Your Home
If your air lacks moisture it will try to pull moisture from the things in your house. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage and produce cracks in the walls and floors.
Checking for Dry Air
Other than itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, including:
- An increase in static electricity
- Cracks in the floors
- Slits in trim and molding
- Wallpaper that is coming down
Any of these issues could mean it’s wise to consider a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.
Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home is a highest priority. Reach out to our team at 484-646-3363 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you strike the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture.