S everal factors influence air quality inside your home, the paramount aspect you must take care of to keep health issues at bay. You expose yourself to a series of health threats and comfort declines without proper indoor air quality. And as I pointed out in this article, humidity is one of the main factors that impact air quality indoors. Whether we are talking about low or high humidity, improper air moisture can be quite detrimental to your well-being and your residence.
I want to present some helpful information regarding high relative humidity in the article today. More precisely, when the RH level rises too much, what you can do to control dampness indoors. With the knowledge you accumulate after reading this piece, and if you apply the presented advice, you are sure to steer clear of all the dangers associated with high dampness, a typical indoor air quality issue.
Areas with warmer climates are bound to see higher humidity than other zones. Some other factors that favor high moisture levels include how airtight the building is, the materials used for its construction, and insulation.
When figuring out whether or not you have elevated moistness levels in your house, the most accurate method is to use an indoor hygrometer that indicates the exact RH percentage. These moisture and dew meters show you at a glance the info you seek. But what if you don’t have a hygrometer at your disposal? Are there other ways to tell if wetness is too high indoors? The answer is yes! Here is what you can do to check if indoor humidity is too high:
Your state of health can be a good indicator of excess moisture too. When the environment is excessively damp, you will experience symptoms like shortness of breath, severe headaches, chronic coughing, and wheezing, to name a few.
In this research article, experts A. V. Arundel, E. M. Sterling, J. H. Biggin, and T. D. Sterling state that “the majority of health effects caused by relative humidity would be minimized by maintaining indoor levels between 40 and 60%”. This is the level that science recommends you uphold indoors for your well-being and to keep your residence safe from any potential damage.
High moisture is usually the more common and brings more problems to the table. Nevertheless, air moisture lower than 40% is just as bad for your health. This is why I urge you to acquire and use a hygrometer to keep a close eye on RH and take appropriate action to remedy the situation when needed. Speaking of remedies, let’s move on to this article’s main topic of interest. Of course, I’m referring to what you have to do to lower dampness indoors when the levels rise above the recommended 60% threshold.
Several causes can steer to elevated moisture levels in your dwelling. Some of these include leaks, outdoor dampness, and even surplus humidity from household activities like showers and cooking. Luckily, there are many means to lower and manage humidity in your home, namely:
As I mentioned in the article, high air moisture spells terrible news for your health and can even damage your home. If levels exceed the recommended 60% threshold, there are several repercussions that you will deal with.
Let’s talk first about what happens to your home. Condensation forms on windows. Water stains appear because of the excess moisture on hardwood floors and fabric. But this is not all. Paint and wallpaper will start peeling, and your wood floors will warp. This leads to costly repairs that you surely don’t want to spend money on, particularly if the situation can be avoided.
Now let’s talk about your health. High humidity is the perfect environment for mold growth. For asthma and allergy sufferers, mold spores trigger or worsen their symptoms. Inhaling mold spores is dangerous even for healthy individuals, so no one is risk-free. Dust mites, bacteria, and fungi are other allergens that thrive in high dampness and cause extreme allergy symptoms. You can even become dehydrated much easier since you will lose water through sweat, and if you don’t replenish it properly at the right time, you expose yourself to this severe health issue.
You have to consider the issue of comfort as well. After all, you want the best conditions in your home. This won’t be likely if the environment is hot and humid since you will perspire more, and everything will feel damp and sticky.
For relative humidity to be considered safe, it should range from 40% to 60%, as I previously mentioned. Woefully, at times, RH can rise above the 60% threshold and create perfect growing grounds for mold and mildew. This would spell disaster for your health and the structural integrity of your house. As you learned from this piece, you should not lose hope if this happens. Many methods exist to decrease indoor humidity and bring it to a safe level.
While a dehumidifier is indispensable since it serves the specific purpose of extracting excess air moisture, the other actions you can take and I listed must also be considered as fixes for their efficacy in solving this issue. With all this said, I hope you had a great read and that high moisture won’t ever bother you again from now on!
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