How Does Weather Affect Humidity in a Home?
With La Niña in full swing in Australia this year we have seen our fair share of rain this summer and it looks like it’s not slowing down much through winter either. With all this humidity around, what is it doing to our homes? Humidity is a measure of the amount of water vapor in the air. It is typically measured as the ratio of water vapor to dry air. The higher the humidity, the more moisture in the air and vice versa.
Humidity levels are different depending on where you live, but it is always important to have some level of humidity for your home. Low humidity levels can cause things like dry skin and static electricity. High humidity can lead to mold growth, condensation on windows, and even structural damage over time.
This article will provide you with tips on how to monitor and control your home’s humidity levels so that you can stay comfortable all year long without having to worry about any negative side effects from low or high humidity levels.
4 Ways to Reduce the Humidity Level at Home
1. Use a dehumidifier
A dehumidifier is a device that removes the water from the air. The process of removing humidity from the air can be achieved through evaporation, condensation, or adsorption. When you use a dehumidifier, it will help to lower the humidity level in your house and make your home more comfortable for you and your family. Air conditioners work great as dehumidifiers and you can adjust the settings and times you use it to lower your bill and the impact on the planet. Many Air conditioners have reverse cycle technology and through winter using the heating setting is a great way to reduce the humidity and keep the home nice and cosy.
If you want to reduce humidity levels in your home, one of the best ways is to ventilate it properly. (One of our areas of expertise, ventilation fans are a great way to reduce humidity). This will allow moisture from inside the house to escape outside so that it can evaporate and reduce humidity levels in your house. Ceiling fans that have a reverse switch are a great asset to your home to help reduce humidity year round. In winter switching the fan to reverse mode and opening a window for a little while each day will help ventilate the space and circulate the air.
3. Add plants
Adding plants to your home will also help with reducing humidity levels because they are natural humidity regulators. Plants absorb water from their environment and release moisture back through transpiration. This process not only regulates humidity levels but also creates fresh air in any space! Some plants are better than others for this purpose. Plants with waxy or hairy leaves such as cacti or those that have large surface areas are the best to lower indoor humidity. You need at least one plant that is a natural dehumidifier such as spider plants and peace lilies to reduce humidity in a room.
4. Active Air Purification
Active air purification in conjunction with ventilation will clean the air and remove the harmful bacteria that grows in high humidity areas. Many of our Airius air purification products can be added to existing air conditioning units and fans to help with regulating humidity. They work by circulating the same charged ion and hydro-peroxide cleaning agents that Mother Nature uses to clean our air. These are actively dispersed throughout the space, neutralising more than 99 percent of micro-organisms. This widely proven technology can reduce sick building syndrome, significantly reduce gases/VOC’s/odours and maintain healthy environments.
Frequently Asked Questions about Humidity
What is humidity?
Humidity is a measure of the amount of water vapor in the air. If there is too much humidity in the air, it can make you sick.
How is humidity measured?
Humidity is measured by percentage and it ranges from 0% to 100%. The higher the percentage, the more humid it is. The best way to test humidity levels in your house is with a hygrometer. This device looks like a thermometer and it measures the amount of moisture in the air. Hygrometers can be purchased at hardware stores and department stores.
What is normal humidity in a house?
The ideal relative humidity for health and comfort is roughly between 30-50% humidity. This can vary quite a bit in different climate zones such as more tropical areas the humidity level in a home will be higher. Humidity that’s too low or too high can cause problems.
- Low humidity can cause dry skin, irritate your nasal passages and throat, and make your eyes itchy. The sudden drop in humidity in winter is often what causes a cold.
- High humidity can make your home feel stuffy and can cause condensation on walls, floors and other surfaces. Condensation can trigger the growth of harmful bacteria, dust mites and molds. These allergens can cause respiratory problems and trigger allergy and asthma flare-ups.
What does ventilation do?
Ventilation helps remove moisture from indoor spaces by introducing outside air into your home or office. This process also removes pollutants and dust particles that are inside your home or office space.
Manage the Humidity in Your Home with These Simple Solutions
It may feel like a loosing battle sometimes when you live in a subtropical climate, with copious amounts of rain and we all know that humidity and high temperatures are the two things that make for a hot and muggy summer. But fear not, implementing these simple solutions through natural dehumidifiers, plants, ventilation and air purification will help control the humidity levels in your home and make a greener, cleaner space to live in.