The average person breathes around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through winter and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty 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 typically happen simply because it’s chilly outside. The risk of catching a cold might grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the important job of removing bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and boost your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.
Dry Air Impacts Your Skin
Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity may be the problem. Before you start purchasing lotion in large quantities, consider adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.
Damages to Your Home
When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will try to pull moisture from the items in your home. This may result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and make cracks in the walls and floors.
Checking for Dry Air
Aside from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, such as:
- An increase in static electricity
- Cracks in the floors
- Gaps in trim and molding
- Peeling wallpaper
Any of these issues could mean it’s wise to consider a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.
Our team wants to be sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as possible. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Call us at 201-268-5663 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you strike the perfect solutions for achieving home comfort and the appropriate amount of moisture.