The Adverse Effects of Excess Humidity

Controlling the quality of your indoor air, as well as the humidity levels, is a crucial and necessary step to living a healthy life. Unfortunately, the amount of humidity in the air may have an adverse affect on your health, and could even affect the structural integrity of your home and furnishings. While humidity fluctuates throughout the year and differs depending on the climate in which you live, the fact that controlling the level of humidity in your living space is important, remains the same.

Arid Versus Humid Climates

The climate where you live determines a large aspect of what kinds of plants you can grow in your yard, how many sunny days you experience per year, and how dry your skin is. Every different climate has advantages and disadvantages, but too much moisture or too little can cause serious problems.

Most of the riskiest health problems arise from living in enclosed spaces in highly humid climates. While arid weather will cause skin to crack or become dry and flaky, humid environments are perfect for breeding mold, mildew, and fungus.
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What is Relative Humidity?

Almost everyone knows what humidity is and what it feels like. We know it as a feeling of dampness that can be very uncomfortable. However, what most people do not know about is relative humidity. To the surprise of many, humidity and relative humidity are not synonymous. Additionally, most do not know why it is important to maintain certain humidity levels for a healthy and comfortable living environment.

For a detailed explanation of relative humidity and how it relates to air quality, visit the featured article in the Dehumidifiers Learning Center