Humidity and Indoor Air Quality

More experts are studying how indoor air pollutants are affecting indoor air quality. Even in the Austin area, indoor air quality is a huge concern to many people, and every day, researchers are recognizing that indoor air pollutants can be more harmful than outdoor air pollutants. This is mostly due to the fact that most indoor spaces are smaller, and when smoke, mold, chemicals, or other pollutants enter the air, there is less space for the pollutants to disperse. Thus, more particulates are entering our lungs.

How Humidity Can Help Indoor Air Quality

Humidity in the home is one factor that can affect the indoor air quality in a positive or negative way. While the Austin area can see an incredible range of humidity levels throughout the year, it is recommended that your indoor air humidity remains between 30-50%. Humidity levels above 60% increase the chances of mold and mildew growth in the home. Humidity levels below 30% cause your mucous membranes dry out and can reduce the ability to fight off upper respiratory illnesses.

Consider a Whole-Home Humidifier

One great solution to controlling humidity in your home is to install a whole-home humidifier. A whole-home humidifier can be connected directly to your new or existing heating and cooling system. It will automatically monitor and regulate the humidity levels in your home so that there is never too much or too little indoor humidity. When choosing a humidifier, it's best to opt for one that also acts as an air purifier. This will help eliminate pollutants that may arise because of second-hand smoke, pests, radon, and mold. Any allergens that may enter the air can be captured by the combination of an air purifier and humidifier unit.

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