Adults take around 23,000 breaths a day. Do you know if the quality of the air you are breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a great situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days ahead of us and colder air retains a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your home.
Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick
That you catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they’re not doing their job of sifting out germs. This enhances the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.
Dry Air Hurts Your Skin
In the Florissant winter, you might see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual problem.
Damages to Your Home
The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You might even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.
Watching for Dry Air
Although itchy skin and a perpetual cold are tips that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:
- A rise in in static electricity
- Cracks in the flooring
- Spaces in your home’s trim and molding
- Loosening wallpaper
Each of these issues suggest that it’s probably time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Contact our indoor air professionals at B & B Heating & Cooling.