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How Humidity Can Affect Indoor Air Quality

If you want to improve the air quality in your Cabot, Arkansas, home, controlling the humidity level in your house is a good step. Humidity can affect the air quality of your home in many ways, and keeping your humidity levels balanced can improve your comfort and your family’s health.

Humidity Levels and Indoor Air Quality

Above 30% and below 50% is the ideal humidity level according to HVAC professionals. If the humidity levels stray outside of this zone, it can have a negative effect on your indoor air quality in several ways. For instance, bacteria can thrive in both high and low humidity, which means if your humidity level isn’t balanced, your family will be more at risk for respiratory infections and reactions to allergies.

Too much moisture in your home’s air can also increase the number of allergens in the air and has the potential to promote biological growth, both of which are harmful to air quality and your health. Finally, when the humidity in your home is too high, the levels of ozone and other chemicals can increase, making it harder for your family to breathe comfortably.

Fixing the Problem

Now that you know about some of the different ways that moisture levels can impact your indoor air quality, it’s time to take a look at a few solutions to this problem. Promoting cross-ventilation by opening windows in your home is the easiest way to improve indoor air quality. However, that isn’t always practical during the heat of the summer. A ventilation system that brings in fresh air and conditions it before introducing it into your home is a practical solution that we can help you with.

Ventilating your home in this way will help to remove moisture from the air so that breathing is easier. If the humidity level in your home is very high, you may also want to use a dehumidifier to remove moisture and prevent the accumulation of allergens and other contaminants that can reduce indoor air quality. We also recommend using ventilation fans in the kitchena and bathrooms.

If you’d like help improving your indoor air quality, call Freyaldenhoven Heating and Cooling at (501) 764-9077. One of our technicians can give you advice about controlling your indoor humidity levels and boosting your air quality so that your family is healthier.

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