How Does Humidity Levels Affect Air Quality?

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How Does Humidity Levels Affect Air Quality?

Postby westcanadian01 » Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:20 am

When cold, dry air enters your home and is warmed to room temperature, the humidity in the average house can drop to as little as 5%. Compare that to the average 25% humidity of the Sahara Desert and you can understand why the air inside your home can seriously affect your health and comfort.
Top 3 Benefits 0f Having a Humidifier
Your - Low humidity dries your skin, throat, and nasal passages, and makes your eyes itchy. Humidifiers keep your skin moisturized, help relieve cold and flu symptoms and can relieve asthma symptoms. Proper humidity levels year round will help you avoid colds, bloody noses and sinus problems.
Lower Utility - By keeping humidity inside your home at an ideal level, you can turn your thermostat down a few degrees and still feel comfortable. Dialing down your thermostat just three degrees can reduce your heating bills by as much as 5%.
Humidity and Your - everything in your home that is made from wood contains some moisture. As dry air sucks moisture out, the furniture shrinks and cracks, hardwood floors separate at the seams and doors warp, no longer fitting their frames.
Research has shown that 30% – 60% relative humidity is ideal. Outside this range, bacteria, fungi, viruses and mites thrive and multiply. As these creatures increase in number, so does your risk of being adversely affected. Get a hygrometer to easily test your humidity levels. It works like a thermometer.
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