Humidity: Friend or Foe

Humidity is the amount of moisture in the air. The amount of moisture in the air can affect your perceptions of temperature, making it seem warmer or cooler than the thermometer says. But getting it right is about more than comfort. From static build-up to mold growth, humidity levels affect air quality, that expensive home theatre system, your health and even opening and closing doors.

Impacts of high humidity

Besides discomfort (think of a humid Summer day when your sweat just won't dry!), high humidity levels can cause ongoing illnesses like asthma and allergies.It's not the humidity itself that makes you sick, but the creatures that thrive. Enemies like mold and mildew invade even hidden crevices inside walls to attack you and your family. Allergy causing dust mites also love the excess moisture.

Excess moisture causes wood to "swell", making it difficult to close doors. If you have a door that "sticks" during the summer, it's likely due to poor humidity control.

Impacts of low humidity

Having low humidity causes its fair share of problems. The most obvious issue is dry skin (itchy, painful, reptile skin). Inhaling air that's too dry causes your nasal passage to dry out, increasing your susceptibility to colds, flus and other infections. A dry nasal passage can crack and bleed, giving germs an open door into your body. Your eyes can dry out too, leaving them irritated and also susceptible to infections.

Your equipment isn't safe either. Static build-up can degrade electronic circuits over time. Too much static can cause a fire.

What is ideal?

To get the right balance, you need a humidity of 35-45%.In the summer this gets a bit tricky in some climates so maintaining 60% or less is more reasonable for hot, humid regions.

How to get the right humidity in your home

In the summer, humidity is typically high. In the winter, the opposite is true. Without air conditioning, your house can get humid in the summer. With oversized air conditioning, your house can get very dry.

In the winter, you'll have low humidity levels without a humidifier, but too much humidity with a vaporiser or humidifier running for too long.

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