Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future and colder air holds a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your home.
Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick
That you attain a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can result in 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 sifting out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.
Dry Air Harms Your Skin
In the La Puente winter, you might find your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem.
Damages to Your Home
The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You might even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.
Evaluating for Dry Air
Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:
- An increase in static electricity
- Cracks in your home’s flooring
- Openings in your trim and molding
- Loosening wallpaper