Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air you are breathing is good? 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 lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your home.
Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick
That you get 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 produce some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is low, so they’re not doing their task of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.
Dry Air Harms Your Skin
In the Derby winter, you could see that your skin is dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual culprit.
Damages to Your Home
The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You may even see cracks in the walls and floors.
Evaluating for Dry Air
Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:
- A notable increase in static electricity
- Cracks in your home’s flooring
- Gaps in the molding and trim
- Loosening wallpaper
All of these concerns signify that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We can offer our expertise! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning.