You may know that raising indoor humidity levels may help to deactivate coronavirus particles.
During the winter months, humidity levels can drop to extremely low levels and unfortunately, the virus thrives and remains viable for longer periods in these low humidity conditions.
However, too much indoor humidity can also cause health problems. 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. 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 actually 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 doesn’t evaporate and you feel hotter and stickier. You may begin to feel 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. Not to mention, bacteria and viruses can cause illness to thrive and grow in air that’s above 60 percent relative humidity and they stay airborne for a longer period of time. Dust mites and fungi are the two worst culprits for indoor allergy sufferers and exist in higher levels when humidity is at an all time high. Having your HVAC system inspected by a professional can reduce humidity issues in your home or business. Getting a tune up and a good cleaning can restore it to proper working condition.