An overly humid indoor environment can be very problematic to your family, as well as the home itself. Some moisture is necessary, but when humidity levels exit the balanced range, your home can suffer damage and family members suffer health issues. This goes for too much moisture, as well as too little moisture.
Problems Caused by High Indoor Humidity
The moister an indoor environment, the better the conditions for allergens to thrive. High humidity breeds mold, mildew, and insects, such as dust mites – these are common allergens which may cause discomfort. High indoor humidity can produce cold-like symptoms, and affect the moods of occupants.
Homes can be damaged by high humidity levels, too. Mold and mildew growth can rot a home’s wood framing and other woodwork. Wall finishes, such as wallpaper, may start to peel off. Structural and cosmetic damage may occur.
Dry Air Issues
When air becomes too dry, allergens can dry out and become more airborne, leading your family to inhale more of these harmful particles. Dry air leaves the airway and nasal passages dry, so your body cannot trap as many contaminants. In an excessively dry indoor environment, your family may experience more cold and allergy symptoms. Also, dry skin, chapped lips, and dermatitis may result. Flu viruses may last longer in dry air environments.
Dry air can also cause wood in the home to warp and crack. This may affect flooring and furnishings.
How to Balance Humidity
Cincinnati homes should be kept at a balanced humidity point between 30 to 50 percent. Outdoor weather conditions as well as the use of your home’s heating and air conditioning systems can disrupt moisture levels indoors. Keeping moisture balanced indoors works to keep the home’s structure and contents safe, while protecting the health of your loved ones.
The best way to keep humidity balanced inside is to have a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier installed by an HVAC professional. Nelson Comfort’s indoor air quality specialists will assess the humidity issues affecting your home and propose the proper solutions to keep moisture balanced. We provide reliable installation for whole-home humidification and dehumidification systems that work directly with your HVAC systems to treat all air indoors. Contact us today for more information.