How Humidity Affects Indoor Air Quality

Improve Indoor Air QualityMore experts are studying how indoor air pollutants are affecting indoor air quality (IAQ). Even in Dallas-Fort Worth, 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 IAQ in a positive or negative way. While Dallas-Fort Worth can see outside humidity levels from 38% (comfortable) to 87% (very humid) during the year, it is recommended that your indoor air humidity remains between 30-50%.
Humidity can affect the concentration of some indoor air pollutants. Humidity levels above 60%, increasing the likelihood of mold and mildew in the home. Humidity levels below 30%, the mucous membranes dry out and can reduce the ability to fight off upper respiratory illnesses. To reduce this risk it is recommended to control the the indoor air humidity by keeping the humidity levels between the range of 30 percent and 50 percent.

Choosing a Whole-Home Humidifier

One great solution to controlling humidity in your Dallas-Fort Worth 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 you choose a humidifier, you may want to select 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.

Indoor Air Quality Testing in DFW

It’s important to have some help clearing the air if your family members have allergies, respiratory illnesses, asthma, cancer, or heart disease. Pollutants at high concentrations can cause indoor discomfort and even serious illnesses. Investing in an indoor air quality test will help you understanding how pollutants are affecting the IAQ in your home, office, or apartment building.

At Max Mechanical, we offer indoor air quality testing to residents in Dallas, Fort Worth Arlington and across the entire DFW Metroplex to help diagnose any indoor air quality problems that maybe affecting your family’s health. Our experienced HVAC technicians can provide you guidance in choosing the best solution at the right price. Let us help improve your family’s health, contact Max Mechanical to schedule an indoor air quality test today.

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