Surprising Facts About Humidity

eco-signThink you know everything there is to know about humidity? Think again. This week we're going to take a look at some surprising facts about humidity and its effects.

Humidity Is Lower During The Winter

Did you know that most homes, workplaces and self-storage facilities experience low humidity during the cold winter months? This phenomenon is due to the fact that warm air – such as heated air found in most homes during the winter – is less dense than cold air and therefore holds less moisture. While there are always exceptions to this rule, you'll find humidity levels to be lower during the winter for this reason.

Low Humidity Can Make You Sick

Many people are surprised to learn that exposure to dry air can make them sick. Dry air isn't necessarily the underlying cause, but it makes people more susceptible to infectious germs. When you are exposed to dry air for any significant length of time, the delicate mucus membranes in your nostrils will begin to dry out and crack, at which point bacteria and viruses can enter your body. This is why it's important to measure humidity levels during the winter months, using a humidifier to create a safe and comfortable environment.

 

Humidity Can Damage Floors and Furniture

We've talked about this before on our blog, but it's worth mentioning again that excessively high levels of humidity can damage hardwood floors, furniture and other objects. How does this occur? Well, genuine wood is incredibly porous, containing thousands upon thousands of small holes on the surface. These pores are designed to absorb and release moisture depending on the surrounding humidity. When it's humid, wood will absorb moisture into its pores, becoming saturated to the point where it swells or even rots in extreme cases. Of course, low humidity is equally as damaging, as it may cause wooden floors and furniture to dry out.

Humidity Levels are Easily Controlled

The good news is that controlling humidity levels in your home, workplace or storage unit is relatively easy. All it takes is a high-quality humidifier, and a little bit of time. Once the humidifier is installed, it will automatically measure levels of airborne moisture vapor. And when the humidity level drops below a certain point, it will release moisture back into the air.

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