Indoor Humidity - Moisture in the Home
You don't have to be Goldilocks to know if your home's air is too hot or cold. After all, you can feel it. Air, porridge - you get the point. Which is: high moisture levels can make your home feel stuffy. Moisture levels that are too high can create a breeding ground for the following hazardous things:
- Dust mites
Recent studies show that mold can cause or worsen asthma, as well as hay fever and other allergies*. These studies are a reminder that threats to indoor air quality are an assault against us - this means war!
Not Enough Moisture
Dry air can have the following consequences:
- It can make furniture shrink, warp and crack.
- Causes skin irritation and respiratory problems,**
- Annoying static shocks.
Prolonged exposure to dry air is a reminder of how uncomfortable such a situation is, an environment most people avoid at all costs.
Optimal Humidity Range for Ideal Comfort and Indoor Air Quality
For optimal comfort and health, studies show that moisture levels should be in the range of 35% to 50%. You can track your home's humidity with a hygrometer, available at hardware and home improvement stores. Or, you can contact your local Service Experts professional for an in-home consultation.
National studies and indoor air quality experts, indicate, that, for optimal comfort and health, your home's relative humidity levels should range between 35 and 50 percent.
*American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 2004
**Exposure to excessively dry air (relative humidity of less than 20%) can cause respiratory irritation. Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
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