It’s easy to assume that humidity only exists when it’s hot and sticky outside. The fact of the matter is that humidity can actually be a problem within the home, no matter what type of climate you live in – and the time of year doesn’t matter either. Not only can humidity cause lethargy, irritability, and a general lack of well-being within the human body, but it can also cause damage within your home.
Normal Humidity Levels
The level of moisture vapor that is suspended in the air around you is defined as humidity. It’s sneaky because even though you can’t see that moisture, it’s definitely still there. According to the Mayo Clinic, the best humidity levels for health and comfort sit somewhere around 30-50%.
The Issue with Too Much Humidity
When there’s too much humidity in the air, your body can have a difficult time self-regulating its internal temperature through the evaporation process. If you’re in a humid room that’s the same temperature as a room without humidity, that humid room will feel warmer.
It’s not that high humidity levels are just something that makes us uncomfortable, they can encourage growth levels for fungus, mold, and dust mites. This can really affect people with asthma and allergies. You want to try to keep your home at a healthy moisture level so that it doesn’t cause a mold or fungus overgrowth. High humidity can also cause furniture and other items to swell and warp.
Is There an Issue with Too Little Humidity?
Too little humidity isn’t just a comfort level issue either, but it can have serious repercussions on health and possessions. Cold and itchy skin and dried mucous membranes in the body (leading to sore throats, chapped lips, etc.) can all be causes of dry air. Wood can shrink and crack due to dry air as well, causing major damage to your home.
Making sure your home has the proper humidity levels can save you money in the long run because of health costs and repair costs for your possessions and your home. Want to check the humidity levels in your home and/or need help determining if you need a change in your home? Give us a call!