Imagine yourself coming home after a long day of work. The traffic was brutal, and the heat waves lingered around no matter how cold your car was. In your mind, you cannot wait to get home. Now, imagine you get home and your house is filled with humid airflow, making you feel like there is no difference between the inside and the outside world.
The air quality of your home just became a reminder that it is hot outside, and the place that was supposed to offer you comfort just became a problem you need to fix. With humidity, the air will slowly creep up on you and introduce you to moisturized and pressured air.
Below, we’ll discuss what problems can occur when your home’s humidity is too high and some ways you can combat high humidity and moisture in your home.
Problems Created by High Humidity in a Home
Mold Growth and Mold Spores in Indoor Air
Humidity welcomes mold growth by providing it with good conditions to grow in. Mold can make a home out of the areas around you; examples can be as common as your sink, between your floor tiles, and any sites with water running through.
The growth of mold and mold spores will decrease your indoor air quality. Breathing in mold spores can cause short and long-term health problems and can increase allergies and asthma. Mold can also quickly spread throughout your home, growing within 24 to 48 hours.
Warped Walls, Furniture, and Window Frames
In addition to mold affecting the air quality of your home, high humidity can also damage your furniture, walls, and window frames. The increased volume of humidity and dampness can cause the frames of your furniture and walls to expand and over time crack and alter shape.
You might think moisture problems are avoidable depending on the type of wood your furniture is made from; however, no matter the material you decide to go with, the constant exposure of moist and humid air will affect your furniture and home. Wood is altered depending on the temperature and circumstances it is around.
Health Problems from Heat Stress
Many health problems can arise from being exposed to humidity and dry heat. Even though a humid area can cause a person to be stressed, anxious, and annoyed, it can also result in one being at a higher risk of a diagnosis of heat-related sicknesses.
Body factors such as your brain, nervous system, lungs, and body temperature are only examples of the factors that can be controlled by how hot and muggy it may be. This report by NBC News further explains how heat and humidity play a significant role in your day-to-day life.
Some health problems take time to present themselves. Along with the general body parts humidity can harm. The musty and stuffy circumstance your body would be put in would cause you to have long-term health problems besides the immediate short-term ones.
How to Combat High Humidity in Your Home
Run Your AC Periodically
Running your AC every so often (instead of shutting it off entirely) helps with the cycle. It provides you and your household with better indoor air quality and removes the moisture from your house, allowing you to avoid the growing risk of mold and bacteria in your home.
Install a Dehumidifier
In addition to running your AC, you can remove the musty odors and lingering humidity in your home by installing a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers help tackle excess moisture in the air and solve your problem with a press of a button.
Most dehumidifiers automatically start working when their humidity indicators detect high levels of moisture in the air, allowing you to roam your house freely while it does the job for you. This provides you with peace of mind knowing that your problem is being taken care of, even if you fail to notice it yourself.
Our southern state climate can easily get the best of us, and that is why preparing for it upfront is always a better choice. Our team offers a variety of top-of-the-line indoor air quality solutions to help you provide your home with better care.
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The Quality Plumbing, Heating & Cooling team is your reliable solution for your Tenessee home due to our dependable service and products. Contact us today at (865) 622-7785 for the expert service you and your home deserve for enhanced air quality and airflow.