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Why is the Humidity in your home important to your health?

February 24, 2016

 

Most people fail to realize that keeping an adequate amount of humidity in your home is important on several accounts. It is important for homeowners to keep indoor air comfortable, especially during the dry winter months and hot soggy summers. Too low or too high humidity levels are not only bad for your furniture, your wall, wallpapers, and any musical instruments you might have, but can also be hazardous to your health.

 

Since we spend most of our time indoors (an estimated 90% of each day!), it is extremely important to maintain a comfortable and healthy indoor environment. Think of it this way – your home is a lot like your body, and it needs to stay properly hydrated in order to maintain the health and comfort of those living in it. The objective of this article is to give its readers an insight into how too low or too high humidity levels can affect their health.

  1. Low humidity or lack of moisture means the air in your house will be dry. Without proper moisture, you open yourself up to all of the pains that come with dry air: dry nose and throat, dry skin, and an increased risk of catching a cold. Aside from all the ways your body suffers, dryness can also impact your home.

  2. Too much house humidity can cause an increase in biological pollutants, like mold, bacteria, viruses, fungi, and dust mites that can trigger respiratory health ailments.

  3. Studies confirm that keeping a home’s relative humidity levels between 40-60 percent is ideal for minimizing the survival of the influenza virus in the air and on surfaces. Influenza increases and is more contagious at lower humidity.

  4. If your indoor air is feeling dry and musty, it might be time to invest in a new whole-house humidifier. Installed directly onto your current HVAC system, a humidifier will distribute pleasing and replenishing moisture throughout your entire home. Not only will the extra moisture protect your health and your belongings, but a humidifier will also help you save on your monthly energy bills. Not only does it cost less to heat moist air, but you’ll also be able to keep your thermostat lower, as the added moisture can even make cooler temperatures feel more comfortable.

If you are concerned about the humidity level in your home, check it regularly with your HVAC Company’s humidity and temperature monitors. These products measure indoor temperature, humidity and some feature a humidity level icon to easily convey a low, high or ideal indoor humidity level for your home and health*. Homeowners should use this knowledge to make their houses healthier and to live more comfortably all year round.

 

*LOW Humidity Level           OK Humidity Level                HIGH Humidity Level

Less than 25% RH                  Between 25% - 55% RH        Over 55% RH

 

 

 

 

 

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