Adults take about 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect occasion to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air absorbs a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.
Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick
That you attain a cold because cool temps outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is some truth to it. As we mentioned, 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 decreased, so they are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This increases the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.
Dry Air Harms Your Skin
In the Wharton winter, you may find your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual problem.
Damages to Your Home
The lower amounts 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 could even notice cracks in the walls and floors.
Watching for Dry Air
While itchy skin and a continuous cold are indications that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:
- A notable increase in static electricity
- Cracks in your home’s flooring
- Gaps in the molding and trim
- Peeling wallpaper
Each of these issues indicate that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We can help! Call our indoor air professionals at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating.