Is Dry Air or Humid Air Better for Your Health?
Here at All Air Services, we take pride in our work. We provide quick and efficient evaporative air conditioning repairs in Perth. We know that cool, humid air makes it easier to breathe. It also makes your home more comfortable, especially in the hot summer months. After all, Perth is well known for its scorching dry summers, reminiscent of the weather in the Mediterranean.
However, what is better for your health? Dry air or humid air? Does it make a difference at all? When should you be using your evaporative air conditioner anyway?
Dry air is common during the summer months of Perth. Dry air feels stifling and may make everything feel hotter than it really is.
Anything below 35% humidity counts as ‘low humidity’. In the summer months, some households reach humidity levels as low as 10%. This causes health problems such as dry, irritated skin. If your lips crack and your skin feels itchy and ‘tight’, it could be a sign that your home has very dry air.
Too much exposure to dry air also dries out the sinuses and nasal passages. Your throat will feel hoarse, and you will be more susceptible to colds, flu and other viruses.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is humid air. Anything above 65% humidity counts as humid air. Very humid air can trigger an episode in people who suffer from asthma. Very humid air is heavier and can make it difficult to breathe.
On top of this, humid air triggers the growth and release of fungal spores and mould. Mould is extremely irritating to the nasal passages and may even be toxic.
So what is the ideal humidity for optimum health? Well, humidity levels between 40% to 60% are ideal. It’s not too dry to irritate the nasal passages, but not so wet that it will cause mould growth. Easily control humidity levels by setting your evaporative air conditioner’s thermostat to the appropriate level. Keep a hygrometer inside the house to know exactly how much humidity is needed.
For more information on air conditioners and household humidity levels, contact us.