Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring gets closer, it’s a great situation to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future and colder air holds a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your residence.
Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick
That you get 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 cause you some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their function of filtering out germs. This increases the chances of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.
Dry Air Damages Your Skin
In the Bishop winter, you might see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual culprit.
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 may even notice cracks in the walls and floors.
Evaluating for Dry Air
While itchy skin and a perpetual cold are tips that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:
- A notable increase in static electricity
- Cracks in your flooring
- Openings in your home’s trim and molding
- Loosening wallpaper
Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to assess your indoor air quality. We’re happy to lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning.