Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we move through winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air contains less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can play a role in your health and your home.
Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick
Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen colder out. The risk of getting a cold might rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase your chance of ending up with the flu or a cold.
Dry Air Impacts Your Skin
Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling extra itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in bulk, think about 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 attempt to pull moisture from the things in your house. This may 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 an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, such as:
- A boost in static electricity
- Cracks in your floors
- Gaps in trim and molding
- Wallpaper that is coming down
Any of these issues could mean it’s wise to look into a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.
We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home are our top priority. Call us at 505-445-1250 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the perfect humidity level for your indoor space.