How your Home could be making you Sick

how your home could be making you sick

how your home could be making you sickNashville, Murfreesboro, Knoxville and Chattanooga TN

Humidity is determined by the amount of water vapor that is present in the air. You probably hear about humidity when watching weather forecasts. The meteorologist may include dew-point ranges or chances of precipitation. On average, most people understand that those words mean it could be muggy, sticky, and uncomfortable outside. Humidity also can change the temperature and quality of the air inside your home—and that’s where things could get risky. Ameri Care Services wants to educate you on how increased humidity levels inside your home could impact your health.

What affects humidity levels?

Water evaporates in warmer temperatures, changing humidity in the surrounding environment.

Humidity levels fluctuate, depending on factors, such as:

  • Climate: Warmer climates are much more humid than colder climates.
  • Seasons: Summertime produces more humidity than any other season because of the higher temperatures.
  • Environment: Humidity is greatly affected by where you live, particularly if you are near a large body of water like a lake, river, or ocean.

How Humidity Affects You

People are healthier and breathe cleaner air in conditions where the relative humidity remains between 45 and 55 percent. Changes in humidity levels could actually make you sick. They don’t directly cause illness, but they increase risks of several different ailments and health concerns. They also increase the likelihood of certain problems in your home, like mold or mildew.

  • Airborne Contaminants: Building materials such as carpet and wood release chemicals like formaldehyde into the air. These gases are at such low rates that they don’t typically cause health issues. However, high humidity levels can make these fumes noxious and irritate your eyes and throat.
  • Asthma: Mold and fungi are known to cause asthma flares. Well, in a home with high humidity levels, you face a significantly higher risk for mold growth. Microorganisms like molds and fungi reproduce rapidly and often go unseen in homes.
  • Allergies: Environmental Health Perspectives, published by the National Institute of Health published a report that found that too much humidity leads to higher levels of dust mites and fungi, two of the worst culprits for indoor allergy sufferers.
  • Overheating: Ever feel sluggish or lightheaded? Feeling faint is due to dehydration or an imbalance of salt and electrolyte levels in your body. This happens more often then you realize in environments with high humidity.

What can you do about humidity?

At Ameri Care Service, we believe the best solution to regulate humidity in your Nashville home is a dehumidifier. We also know that basements and crawl spaces are two of the major sources of humidity problems. After dealing with this problem for nearly 20 years, our professionals are experienced in helping families like yours live healthier lives in humid climates. That’s why we use the SaniDry Crawl Space Air System. This amazing system meets strict Energy Star requirements while maximizing the amount of water pulled from the air. In addition to pulling more water from the air than competing products while using less electricity, the SaniDry also has a two-stage filtration system that filters particles two microns in size, cleaning your air while removing the moisture. Ameri Care Services offers our humidity control services to our customers in the areas of Nashville, Murfreesboro, Mt. Juliet, and Franklin, TN. Find out more by calling us at (615) 893-7111.