Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a perfect time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days ahead of us and colder air retains less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your home.
Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick
That you catch a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their function of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with a cold, the flu or another infection.
Dry Air Harms Your Skin
In the Laurel winter, you could see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual issue.
Damages to Your Home
The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also impact the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You might even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.
Checking for Dry Air
Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are tips that your indoor air may be dry, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:
- An increase in static electricity
- Cracks in your home’s flooring
- Openings in the molding and trim
- Loosening wallpaper
All of these concerns suggest that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at H&C Heating and Cooling.