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Dangers Of Excess Humidity

When we think of high humidity, what comes easily to mind is sweating, but that’s only one of the things that happen and that’s the most harmless. Too much humidity can give rise to a variety of less-than-favorable circumstances which have adverse effects on the health and the home. Listed are a few of the most common.

Mildew And Molds

Beginning as microscopic organisms, they eventually become visible to the naked eye as they continue to breed and increase in number. Those who are sensitive or allergic to them would suffer from stuffy noses, coughing, and throat, skin and eye irritation.This is particularly true for people with asthma. Even healthy individuals may suffer from the same effects and eventually develop upper respiratory illnesses with prolonged exposure.

Dust Mites

These nasty pests are attracted to heat and one of the top causes for allergies and asthma. One big disadvantage is they’re so small, you can’t even see them. They also cause the same symptoms as mildew and molds such as wheezing, itchiness, inflammation on the skin and red eyes. If you’re the type who are sensitive to them, your body would mistake them as disease-causing germs and would produce an excess of antibodies to fight off the perceived foreign invaders. As a result, you’ll experience great discomfort.

Insect Invasion

It may not be serious at first, but insects are attracted to warm climates. In these areas, they can easily thrive and multiply faster which means your home would become their breeding ground. To keep them at bay and prevent colonies from being built where you live, maintain humidity levels between 40%-50% at the most.

Damage To Walls And Furnishings

Imagine the paint on your walls peeling, the leather of your couch breaking and falling apart, and the floorboard collapsing. It’s what would eventually happen if your home has too high humidity. Fungi will begin to grow and eat away at your furniture, walls and ceilings. Yes, your home will suffer just about as much as you too. Double kill for humidity.

Corroded Electronics

Don’t think your items covered in plastic cases are safe. The damage could be internal. The wires and other components inside would rust away without you ever noticing unless you take off its casing for some reason.

Reduced Body Water

While a couple of the aforementioned effects would affect health, heat can also harm a body directly. Effects could range from dry skin to to dry nasal passages to sore throats to chapped lips which could further complicate and lead to other illnesses. Mucus is one of the body’s defense against foreign microbes and a lack of this would lower a person’s protection from sickness-causing viruses.

Too little is never a good thing, but there’s also such a thing as too much. What’s important is to strike a balance. This sage advice stretches across all topics, including HVAC systems. For quality HVAC services, contact A1 Mitchell’s Heating and Cooling at (702) 755-2042.