Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. It is just one of many factors that impact the air quality in our homes. There are two types of humidity measurements to understand. Absolute humidity is the measure of water vapor (moisture) in the air, regardless of the temperature, expressed as g/m3. Relative humidity is the measure of water vapor (moisture) in the air relative to the temperature of the air, expressed as a %. If our air did not contain water vapor, then the weather on Earth would be boring. There would be no rain, snow, thunder, lightning, or even clouds. Weather reports often include relative humidity because it affects how temperatures feel to us. When there is too much or too little it can be dangerous, for example high humidity is associated with hurricanes.
While hurricanes are not going to form in the basement or the bathroom, we should pay attention to the humidity level in our homes. Low levels of humidity are known to help the spread of infection while high levels of humidity are known to cause mold. Humidity indoors is caused by many things, taking a shower, a leaky faucet, or even drying clothes. Good humidity levels are between 30-60% and can be maintained by a successful ventilation plan. If a home has occasional levels of high humidity (>60%) simple steps such as running an exhaust fan, air conditioning, or opening a window can have a positive impact on the air quality. Conversely, if a home has occasional levels of low humidity (<30%) simple steps such as drawing a bath or taking a shower can have a positive impact on the air quality.
Occasional fluctuations that become consistent will impact the quality of the air you breathe and can become dangerous. Most people do not measure humidity until a problem like mold appears. There is smart technology that can consistently measure and monitor a home's air quality. Implementlng this technology will provide the data necessary to understand if remediation steps should include a humidifier or de-humidifier solution.
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