Humidity is essential in the prevention and treatment of allergies. Your home’s humidity level may be anywhere from 0 to 100 percent. However, the recommended range for indoor environments tends to be between 20 and 70 percent. It is important to remember that lower humidity improves indoor air quality, but higher humidity is healthier for throat and nasal passages. It is important to find a balance for your home and family—not too damp or too dry.
Low Humidity Leads to Low Allergen Production
Typical allergens, such as mold or dust mites, can’t survive when humidity levels are low. Thriving in higher temperatures of 75–80 degrees F, dust mites are practically invisible creatures which live off of dead skin cells. Our allergies flare up when the enzymes in their waste become airborne. They flourish in an environment with a 70 to 80 percent humidity range. Though it’s nearly impossible to entirely remove house dust mites and their waste, lowering the humidity in your home below 50 percent will control their numbers.
Higher Humidity Relieves Congestion, Inflammation, and Eczema
Very dry air can also cause problems for allergy sufferers because it irritates nasal passageways. This irritation can result in sinus infections. Dry air also poses a problem for those with sensitive skin or asthma. Higher humidity levels in the home provides relief from allergic rhinitis symptoms. Moist nasal tissues are more effective in reducing symptoms by expelling potential allergens and irritants. Those with sensitive skin may also benefit from increased humidity levels in the home. Eczema, contact dermatitis, and atopic dermatitis are all exacerbated by dry air. Higher humidity levels may also help during the cold and flu season, especially for children who are too young for over-the-counter medicines. A vaporizer or warm-mist humidifier both help with coughing and congestion.
Find Balance with a Humidifier
While it may seem difficult to find the perfect humidity level for you home, achieving the correct level is one of the best ways to relieve many allergy issues we all encounter. Most modern humidifiers feature a hygrometer, which measures the amount of humidity in the air. The recommended setting for the humidifier is between 40 and 48 percent humidity. This range balances the dust mite control and the moisture required to keep skin and sinus allergies at bay.
Do you need advice on how to achieve the best humidity level for your home or business with your home’s current HVAC system? Give our professionals at All Points Heating & HORECO a call. Our dedicated team are experts in a range of home improvement areas, such as air conditioning, home power systems, home grills, and indoor freestanding stoves. We are dedicated to helping our customers live comfortably, which is why we offer a 24/7 emergency repair service. Give us a call, or email us today to find your home’s optimal humidity level.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Finding the Perfect Humidity Level for NW Homes
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