Effect of indoor humidity and how to reduce indoor humidity
What is humidity? Have you ever been in a place that is very unpleasant which is hot and sticky and no matter what you do you can't seem to cool off? there is a high chance that that place is humid because of the unpleasant feeling. The reason why you feel sticky and hot is that the amount of water vapour in the air is high and it can affect the weather and the climate.
There are three types of humidity measurement, which is:
Absolute humidity: the amount of water vapour in the atmosphere at any given temperature
Specific humidity: the ratio of water vapour in the atmosphere to the air content on a mass basis
Relative humidity: measurement of current humidity concerning a given temperature.
In general, mostly for indoor humidity, the measurement will be measured in relative humidity which expressed in percentage.
Poor indoor humidity impact our everyday life
1. Damp environment
The damp environment encourages the presence of mould. It would be the perfect breeding ground mould may be found on your furniture, walls, books, documents, electronic appliances, building materials, clothing and much more. High humidity speeds up the process of rusting.
2. Musty smell
High humidity cause production of mould increases. These mould releases smelly gaseous into the air, causing the air in the room to be stuffy, smelly and difficult to breathe properly.
3. Mould and mildew
Presence of mould and mildew is the main reason for a human to develop respiratory-related illness and any other illness such as headache, fatigue, allergy reaction and many more.
4. Condensation and water stains
Most appliances at home produce condensation such as water heating, showers, baths, and etc. This collection of water droplets may create damage to your belongings at homes such as paint wall or wallpaper peeling, shrinking wood, and etc.
Below is a few examples of poor indoor humidity
The collections of pictures above show what could happen to your belongings if poor humidity occurs indoor. The best approach is preventing mould before it becomes a problem. The answer is controlling moisture level indoor.
Below is the list of actions you can take to control and curb humidity indoor.
1. Identify problems area in your homes and correct them.
Did you notice any frequent condensation occur at home? Is there any water stain on the ceiling? Or leakage at occur? Paint and wallpaper peeling?
Preventing mould may seem easy by removing it. However, without a proper way of removing it mould will keep coming back. Hence, it is critical to identify the root cause and address the problem first then only we can apply the preventive action for the growing mould indoor.
2. Immediately dry the wet area
Mould thrives when there is moisture present in the area. Moisture is created if there is water seepage occurs after rainfall or flood and accumulation of pipe leakage or liquid spillage occur also could be one of the reasons for moisture present. If you experienced any of these, make sure to dry all furniture, carpet, bedding, floor, wall or etc immediately. Never leave wet things untended cause it will start the mould growth.
3. Provide proper ventilation in the area
Although you are doing all the work to make sure the area stays dry, but the mould keeps coming back even after removal. It could be your routine at home that causes the mould to keep coming back. Surprisingly all the essential routine that you are doing at home without proper ventilation in the area promotes the growth of mould. Make sure that activities as trivial as washing laundry, bathing, showering, cooking or any other activities in high moisture area are given proper ventilation to ensure not the same air is regulated within the area.
4. Monitor your humidity indoors
It is recommended to keep the humidity at home around 30 to 60 percent. When there mould present in the area meaning that the humidity in the area is high. Excess humidity can be detected when there are pipe leakage, condensation on the wall, wallpaper and paint peeling and etc. The easy way to keep your humidity balance at home is by acquiring a dehumidifier where it helps absorb excess moisture in the air and keeping your house mould free.
A dehumidifier is a device where it helps reduce the humidity level by collecting moisture trap in the air within the area that you place it. Acquiring a dehumidifier would be a big assistance in removing moisture in the air. A dehumidifier works better if there is no movement of air in the area by sealing all windows and doors.
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