Adults take about 23,000 breaths everyday. Can you tell if the quality of the air you are breathing is enough? As spring arrives, it’s a great time to review your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days coming up and colder air absorbs less moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your residence.
Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick
That you get a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their task of filtering out germs. This enhances your chances of coming down with an illness.
Dry Air Harms Your Skin
In the Middle Georgia winter, you might find 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 provide a remedy the actual problem.
Damages to Your Home
The lower humidity in your home’s air can also impact the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You may even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.
Watching for Dry Air
While itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:
- A notable increase in static electricity
- Cracks in your flooring
- Openings in your trim and molding
- Loosening wallpaper
All of these concerns suggest that it’s possibly time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Air Concepts of Middle Georgia.