There are a few factors that can contribute to the air in your home being too dry:
- The type of heating used
- Overuse of air conditioning
AirAdvice indoor air quality tip:
- In winter, use humidifiers to raise relative humidity. One of the major causes of respiratory infection is lack of humidity during cold weather.
It’s a known fact that the human body tends to feel most comfortable at a relative humidity of about 45%. But what can you do when the environment in your home feels “sticky” and you just can’t cool off? When relative humidity levels rise above the 45% mark, the human body has trouble cooling down. Our natural system of sweating to cool the body is counteracted because higher levels of humidity prevent its evaporation from the skin.
Not only are you feeling uncomfortable when humidity levels are greater than 55% but your home can become the perfect haven for mold, mildew, bacteria, fungi, and dust mites. Moreover, these pollutants can have adverse health effects.
AirAdvice indoor air quality tips:
- In summer, use air conditioners or dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels.
- Check for leaks in your home’s plumbing. Even slow leaks can raise humidity
levels in the home.
Let us help you. Have a AirAdvice for Homes™ indoor air quality test done today in your home – it’s simple, easy, and is typically offered at low or no cost to you, the homeowner.
To find an IAQ expert in your area, click on the Find an Expert button at the top of this page. They can test the air in your home to determine if humidity levels are within the recommended range, and recommend solutions if required.