Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we progress from winter and into the start of spring, it’s a perfect chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of opportunities for cold weather 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 Odds of Getting Sick
Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s chilly outside. The possibility of ending up with a cold might rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the essential job of removing bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and boost your chance of ending up with the flu or a cold.
Dry Air Damages Your Skin
Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, the absence of humidity may be the culprit. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in large quantities, contemplate investing in a whole-home humidifier as another solution.
Damages to Your Home
If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will try to pull moisture from the things 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
Other than itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a few ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, like:
- An uptick in static electricity
- Cracks in your floors
- Slits in trim and molding
- Peeling wallpaper
Any of these things could mean it’s time to look into a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.
We want to help ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a top priority. You can contact us at (815)914-6197 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the perfect humidity level for your indoor space.