How Does Humidity Affect Air Quality?

How Does Humidity Affect Air Quality?

AirMD has environmental testing experts located all across the state of Florida and in many other states as well, but the headquarters of our water and air testing company is in Boca Raton in South Florida. That means we are experts on humidity as well as on air quality!

You think we’re kidding? According to Time and, the average humidity in Boca Raton in August is 73%. Yesterday, we saw reports that it was 89% locally. 

What Is Humidity?

Humidity isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When you are talking about humidity, you are talking about atmospheric moisture, or the amount of water vapor in the air. You want to have some humidity. If the relative humidity of the air in your workplace or in your home is less than 30%, you are going to feel pretty uncomfortable.

The following are all signs that the air in your home or office might be too dry:

  • You notice an increase in static electricity when you brush your hair, do the laundry or walk across the carpet.  
  • You feel cooler than the temperature might suggest.
  • The lining of your nose is irritated. You may even have nose bleeds.
  • Your eyes are itchy and red. 
  • And, of course, your skin feels very dry.

On the other hand, the following might indicate that there is too much humidity:

  • The air feels thick.
  • You feel even warmer than the temperature would suggest.
  • You feel congested, have a runny nose or postnasal drip not associated with allergies or a cold. 
  • You get dehydrated easily. 

Above and beyond mild discomfort or temporary symptoms, when the indoor air in your home or work environment is too humid on a consistent basis, there’s a good chance you will get mold. 

Maintaining a Healthy Environment

The experts at our air quality testing company recommend keeping the relative humidity in your home or office between 30% and 60% to maintain a healthy indoor environment and prevent the growth of mold.  
If you think you may already have mold, contact us for information regarding our mold testing services.

By AirMD | Posted in Air Quality Testing