Humidity can be tricky. No matter what type of climate you live in–dry or humid–you always ideally want to keep your indoor humidity as close to 50% as possible. Whether it’s too high or too dry, humidity can impact Indoor Air Quality and, ultimately, your family’s well being. From asthma to allergies, dust mites to mold spores, and more, get a handle on your indoor humidity to optimize your family’s health.
Everyone knows that bacteria and viruses thrive in moisture. However, studies show that some viruses like influenza spread faster in extremely dry conditions. By keeping your indoor humidity as close to 50% as possible, you’re helping prevent the spread of illness by not giving contaminants an environment in which to grow.
Not only that but maintaining ideal indoor humidity in your Healthy Home also help those with sinusitis, bronchitis, and asthma. It turns out that a little moisture is good for our lungs and nasal cavities as our airways are lined with fluids. When the air’s too dry, our airways dry up and become irritated. When the air’s too humid, those airways risk becoming infected.
Maintaining ideal indoor humidity in Healthy Homes also reduces the risk for pests. Most people are aware of allergies from pollen and other outdoor elements. However, dust mites and cockroaches are also the cause for many allergies. Microscopic particles made up of dried up body parts from dead bugs or even feces can wreak havoc on our respiratory systems and cause sneezing or itching. Humidity keeps those pests at bay.
Improving Indoor Air Quality by maintaining indoor humidity in your Healthy Home helps your health in other ways too. For one, without being sick or agitated by allergies from pests, you’re more likely to get better sleep. Additionally, with better sleep and better overall health comes a lower level of stress, which is something from which we can all benefit. Maintain a happy, healthy home by improving your indoor air quality. Aim for as close to 50% humidity all year long.
be mindful of your regional humidity
In addition to seasonal humidity, it’s also important to consider your location. A home in Arizona is likely to be drier throughout the year than a home in Florida. Different regions have different household humidity needs.
neglect the warning signs
If you notice static shock, cracks in the floorboards, creaky furniture, chipped paint, or dry skin and sinuses–especially in the wintertime or in dry climates–your home may be too dry. Alternatively, your home may be too humid if you notice in the summertime or in moist climates if you notice a lingering musty smell and condensation on windows or mirrors. You may also notice the wood in your home is swelling–think of doors that are hard too open or close.
consult a professional about your household humidity needs
If you believe your home’s humidity is less than ideal, consult a local professional to help your healthy home consistently achieve ideal humidity levels year-round.
forget to clean or replace your filters or water panels regularly
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