You may guess that raising indoor humidity levels may help to deactivate coronavirus particles, during the Winter weeks, humidity levels can drop to severely low levels and unfortunately, the virus thrives and remains viable for longer periods in these low humidity conditions, then however, too much indoor humidity can also cause health problems, however it’s important to find a balance when it comes to the humidity in your home.
Ideal indoor humidity levels for comfort and for avoiding health effects are between 35 and 60 percent, however the direct effects of high humidity can be deadly and cause our body to overheat.
Humidity impedes your body’s ability to regulate body temperature and cool down. Too much humidity can entirely cause your body temperature to rise. Sweating cools the body when the moisture evaporates from the skin. However, when the air is already saturated with water vapor, sweat does not evaporate and you think hotter and stickier, and you may begin to think light headed, sluggish, and foggy and experience muscle cramps. You lose fluids, salt, and electrolytes and your body overheats. If your body can’t maintain temperature, you can develop heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which can be fatal, but not to mention, bacteria and viruses can cause illness to thrive and grow in air that has above 60 percent relative humidity and they stay airborne for a longer stage of time. Dust mites and fungi are the 2 worst culprits for indoor allergy sufferers and exist in higher levels when humidity is at an all time high. Having your HVAC system ran tests on by a professional can reduce humidity problems in your beach house or business, but getting a tune up and a nice cleaning can restore it to correct working condition.