How Humidity Plays a Role in Indoor Air Quality
When the words “poor indoor air quality” come to mind, most people think of the main culprits as being indoor allergens, worn-out air filters, and inadequate air flow. However, many people do not know that humidity levels can also have an effect on the structural integrity of your home and the well-being of its occupants. Humidity may be nothing more than water vapor in the air, but if you have too little or too much, it can result in problems down the line. If you want to learn more about how humidity levels can affect your indoor air quality (IAQ) and how to improve it— read on.
The ideal range for humidity in your home is between 40% and 60%. Humidity levels below 40% are considered low. A home with persistent low humidity levels can suffer from issues such as peeling wallpaper, cracked walls, warped floorboards, and shrinking wood. Low humidity can also affect you and your family’s health, causing problems such as dry skin, cracked lips, dry eyes, and sore or itchy throats.
High humidity in your home can also take a toll on your indoor air quality and is just as harmful as low humidity. If you have humidity levels above 60%, you are dealing with high humidity. A home with high humidity levels may suffer from mold growth, insect infestation, damaged furniture, and cracked walls.
Living in a home with excess humidity can result in health problems such as respiratory illness, eye irritation, allergies, skin rashes, and throat irritation.
Indoor air quality is as important as the functionality of your HVAC systems. If your indoor air quality suffers, you suffer as well. If you think that your home’s humidity levels are contributing to poor indoor air quality, contact a HVAC professional so they can assist you in taking the proper steps to improve your IAQ. There are also measures you can take at home to improve your IAQ by controlling humidity levels— here are a few.
If your indoor air quality needs to be improved, Comfort Solutions has trained and certified HVAC technicians that can bring your indoor air quality to its optimum level.
Please call us at 610-438-9300 or contact us to set up your appointment today.
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