As a Florida resident, no doubt you’ve experienced the extreme discomfort of high humidity levels of upwards of 90 percent every time you step out of your home during our extended summer. Perspiration immediately starts, clothes start to stick, anything you touch wants to cling, your face reddens and a vacation with a wardrobe of tank tops to an Alaskan glacier feels mighty appealing. When those humidity levels start to affect the interior of your home, not only is it uncomfortable but your health and home are at risk.
Humidity can be costly. Some homeowners may try to tackle humidity issues by lowering the thermostat (and consequently raising the electric bill), but the sticky feeling will remain, albeit a little cooler. With low humidity in the home, you can actually keep your thermostat higher and still feel cool? In addition, imagine the damage that excess home moisture can create! Rot, mold and warp can quickly and easily set up shop in humid homes in drywall, musical instruments, art collections, wood fixtures and furnishings around the home. Dust mites, pathogens and allergens take over and an overall musty smell can settle in. Finally, the health costs from exposure to mold spores can range from annoying to very serious. Symptoms may include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, coughing, throat irritation, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, wheezing and itchy, watery eyes.
In the summer which we as Floridians experience almost year round, ideal relative home humidity (amount of dampness in the air) should fall between 30 and 55 percent. You can measure the relative humidity levels with an indicator card that changes color based on humidity levels or a device from your local hardware supplier or online called a hygrometer. Simple hygrometers start for less than $10 and more elaborate devices run more than $100. Make sure you measure in several places in your home.
The above list is by no means comprehensive. Some home moisture issues, particularly where the source is hidden, can be infinitely more complex and require experienced, professional assistance.
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