Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air you’re breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days ahead of us and colder air holds a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can impact your health and your house.
Low Humidity Ups 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 produce some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do their function of filtering out germs. This enhances your chances of getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.
Dry Air Harms Your Skin
In the Pflugerville winter, you could find your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the problem. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but an investment in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual issue.
Damages to Your Home
The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air will pull moisture from these items. You may even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.
Evaluating for Dry Air
Although itchy skin and a never-ending cold are tips that your indoor air is too dry, there are a few other symptoms to watch for as well:
- A notable increase in static electricity
- Cracks in your home’s flooring
- Gaps in your home’s trim and molding
- Cracking wallpaper
Any of these problems suggest that it’s probably time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to offer our expertise! Call our indoor air professionals at Evenaire Heating & Air Conditioning.