The Connection Between Humidity and Allergies

humidity allergiesSpring is the season for sunshine and blooming flowers. Unfortunately, allergies are part of the seasonal package. Do you know how humid your home’s interior is? We ask because a strong correlation exists between humidity and allergies. Reducing humidity can help reduce the sniffles.

How Does Humidity Increase Allergic Reactions?

Moisture in the air acts as a filter that traps dust, pollen, and other allergens. It also creates the breeding ground for mold and even helps dust mites thrive.

While often not as humid as summer, humidity does increase in spring after a dry winter. People also begin to spend more time outside and end up tracking dirt and debris into the home.

What Is the Ideal Humidity Level?

The ideal humidity is 45% moisture level in the air. Aim for a level between 30% and 60%. You do not want to go below 30%; lower is not better. Low humidity causes symptoms such as dry skin, chapped lips, itchy throat, and static electricity.

How to Establish Balanced Humidity

We suggest an annual checkup of your air and water system. For businesses, we recommend an inspection of the commercial HVAC system. These systems naturally remove some moisture. However, this may not be enough on high humidity days or if the system is operating below peak efficiency.

Another option is installing a whole-house dehumidifier. This will make a noticeable difference for asthmatics. For everyone else, at least consider a portable dehumidifier for personal bedrooms and offices.

For bathrooms and kitchens, which have exceptionally high humidity, consider installing exhaust fans.

We Help Eliminate Humidity and Allergies

Our air quality systems ensure indoor air filtration for respiratory safety. Give All Points Heating a call if anyone in the household has allergen sensitivities. Humidity and allergies have a direct connection in your living environment.

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