Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths everyday. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring gets closer, it’s a great situation to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We will still have cool days in the future and colder air retains a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your house.
Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick
That you catch a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something 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 lower, so they are unable to do their task of sifting out germs. This enhances your chances of getting an illness.
Dry Air Damages Your Skin
In the Phoenix winter, you may see that your skin is dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem.
Damages to Your Home
The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You could even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.
Evaluating for Dry Air
While itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are some other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:
- A rise in in static electricity
- Cracks in the flooring
- Openings in your trim and molding
- Loosening wallpaper
All of these concerns signify that it’s probably time to review your indoor air quality. We can lend a hand! Call our indoor air professionals at Integrity AC & Heating LLC.