Humidity is a measurement of the dampness in the air. The moisture it contains varies in certain degrees depending on the temperature of the surroundings. Factors such as indoor humidity, perspiration, cooking, and much more can contribute to humidity.
But what will happen to us if our house contains too much or too little humidity? Find out below.
Absolute and Relative Humidity
There are two types of humidity: absolute humidity and relative humidity. What’s the difference of the two? Absolute humidity is the amount of moisture present in the air regardless of the temperature while relative humidity is the amount of moisture in the air which is parallel to the existing temperature. High and low levels of both humidities have adverse effects for the occupants of the house.
The most common measurement of humidity for homes is relative humidity. Failure to maintain a relative humidity below 50 percent will cause an infestation of dust mites, growth of mold and mildew, and bacteria inhibition. On the contrary, extremely low humidity indoors will reduce the outgassing of volatile organic compounds or VOCs.
High Humidity and VOCs
As previously mentioned, humidity affects the presence of VOC in your home. An increase in humidity will also increase the concentration of VOCs. These VOCs are found in our carpets, paints, and other chemicals present inside the house. When it reacts with these present chemicals due to high humidity levels, the hazard it brings to our health is double the danger.
High Humidity and Mold
Environments with high humidity become a breeding ground for mold. Exposure to molds can cause a variety of negative health effects. The first people to experience this side effect are those who are sensitive or have certain medical conditions. Molds can cause nasal stuffiness, skin and throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, and other allergies.
Humidity and Health
A humid environment becomes a breeding ground for all sorts of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria. These organisms can be toxic to your health especially if they are already multitude in numbers. People who live in homes with these toxins get sick more often and their health condition will decline overtime.
Your Home and Humidity
Aside from humidity’s negative effects on your health, it also causes adverse effects to your home. When you have basements or crawl spaces which are poorly ventilated, mold and mildew will surely develop. This will eventually spread and penetrate every pore in the house and destroy its structural integrity. Your furniture or even the framework of your house can get damaged if the humidity is not tended to as soon as possible.
Aside from the comfort you feel in your house, your health should also come in great consideration. Indoor air quality will affect every aspect of your life, from your health to your life investments. In order live comfortably and healthily, make sure to keep the level of humidity in your home balanced.
Allowing fresh air into your home is the best way. Proper air circulation will produce cooler air and cooler temperature, making toxins less harmful. A dehumidifier will help to keep the moisture in your home at a balanced level. Does your home have balanced humidity or do you need assistance with your ventilation? Call Johnny’s now at (725) 977-9461 for further assistance!