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Dangers Of Excess Humidity

August 1st, 2018 by kcunningham

When people talk about keeping their home’s environment safe and viable for healthy living, probably very few would consider the humidity levels of their residences. Humidity is basically the amount of moisture in the air and because this state of  air quality cannot be noticed by the naked eyes, this is often something forgotten or ignored.

Excess humidity is very real and can be hazardous to a person’s health. If people are constantly exposed to this for a long period this may entail serious health conditions.

How Is High Humidity Dangerous?

Hyperthermia

High humidity is usually caused by heat that forces liquids to vaporize. When there is an excessive amount of moisture in the atmosphere this makes little to no room for your sweat to evaporate so you find yourself constantly perspiring.

This was supposedly your body’s mechanism to help you cool down during warm temperatures. Since evaporation is not taking place you will still feel hot and continue to produce sweat to no avail. If this continues this may happen till you become dehydrated and heat stroke will occur.

Symptoms:

  • Dehydration
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness/Nausea
  • Fainting
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Headaches

Molds and Mildew

A moist environment is what is favorable for mold and mildew to come out and spread inside your home. These become unpleasant to look at, but aside from that they also pose a risk to your family’s physical well-being.

If these are left ignored and their presence continues in your residence, these may release particles in the air that are harmful when inhaled. These may trigger asthma attacks, allergies and can cause discomfort towards the eyes, nose and throat. When inhalation of these are frequent, it may greatly affect your respiratory system possibly resulting in a serious illness.

Food Compromisation

Your food may become compromised when it’s too humid. Mold and bacteria may start to make a home of your supposed meals and have now caused them to spoil.

Canned goods that have become damaged or bloated should be disposed immediately. Avoid consuming any of these as you’ll most probably be sick right after.

How To Avoid This

You can very much avoid this from happening in your home. Air conditioners keep your home cold enough to steer away from the scorching temperatures that induce too much humidity. Aside from that, AC’s actually remove moisture from the air.

A dehumidifier can also be installed into your HVAC system to deal with severe cases of humidity that may be a problem in some homes. If this is too expensive for you, or you merely want the same kind of service but only in a single small area of your home then small dehumidifiers can actually be purchased. These resemble air fresheners and should be thrown away after it is used for a couple of weeks.

It’s important to take every aspect of your home into account when trying to secure it for your loved ones. Even those threats that don’t necessarily strike you as something significant should be checked on and dealt with. To avoid these, schedule regular maintenance with one of our licensed technicians. Call us at Thornton Heating at (847) 905-1608.