Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths a day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring approaches, it’s a perfect occasion to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air retains a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your residence.
Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick
That you get a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we noted, 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 are unable to do their job of sifting out germs. This enhances the chances of your family getting a cold, the flu or another infection.
Dry Air Damages Your Skin
In the Pella winter, you might notice your skin is dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual issue.
Damages to Your Home
The lack of moisture 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 could even notice cracks in the walls and floors.
Evaluating for Dry Air
Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are tips that your indoor air may be dry, there are a few other symptoms to look for as well:
- A rise in in static electricity
- Cracks in your home’s flooring
- Gaps in the molding and trim
- Loosening wallpaper
Each of these issues suggest that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We are here to offer our expertise! Contact our indoor air professionals at Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating.