If you live in the Bay Area, you may be curious as to humidifiers and their role in improving indoor air quality. The fact is, if the air in your home is either too dry or too humid it can cause problems. Humidity levels inside Contra Costa homes generally fall between 20% and 70%. When the air inside your home is drier or less humid, it makes for improved indoor air quality. That said, moister or more humid air is generally better for avoiding a sore throat and nasal passages. So, how can you find that ideal balance?
Lowering the humidity level to 50% or less in your home will help control dust mites and other allergens, as they thrive in humid environments and hot temperatures. For instance, if the humidity inside your home ranges from 70% to 80% and the temperature is as warm as 75 or 80 degrees, dust mites will thrive. This means more allergy symptoms.
On the other hand, when humidity levels are too low it makes the air dry, which can result in sinus infections or asthma attacks as the nasal passages and throat become irritated. Dry air is also bad for those who have certain types of dermatitis and eczema, as the skin becomes even drier and more irritated. Adding humidity to the air with a humidifier can help reduce symptoms in all of these conditions by adding moisture to the skin, nasal tissues, and throat. When the nasal tissues are moist, it’s easier for those with congestion, allergic rhinitis, and other conditions to expel the allergens and irritants that cause symptoms.
Okay, so what is the perfect balance when it comes to humidity levels in your Bay Area home?
Most experts agree that maintaining a humidity level of between 40% and 48% is ideal for achieving better indoor air quality and air that is neither too moist or too dry. At this level, you can keep sinus issues, allergies, asthma, and skin issues under control, while keeping dust mites to a minimum at the same time. A modern humidifier will work in unison with your HVAC system to help achieve the perfect humidity level.
Need to learn more about humidifiers and how they can help you achieve perfect balance and improved indoor air quality? Contact the Contra Costa HVAC professionals at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning today!