The effects of moisture on human health

The natural humidity inside the house ranges between 30-50%, and when the humidity is higher than that, the person feels a lot of discomfort and distress, not only this, but its negative impact extends to human health; They cause many health problems, including:[1]

  • High humidity encourages the growth of mites, bacteria, and viruses, which worsen symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Humidity encourages the growth of mold, which causes irritation of the throat and lungs, and exacerbates asthma symptoms, including:
  • High humidity, if combined with high temperature, reduces the rate of cooling the body by evaporation, which leads to heat stroke, and may lead to death.[2]
  • Nasal congestion and inflammation of the mucous membrane, which causes a runny nose.
  • Coughing a lot.
  • sneezing;
  • Whistling while breathing.

Indirect effects of moisture on human health

High humidity causes damage to the human respiratory system in an indirect way. This is because it increases the concentration of harmful chemicals in the air by increasing the release of formaldehyde gas; That is, it helps to release trapped gases in building materials, and also through the interaction of water vapor with chemicals in the air.[2]

Adjust the humidity level in the house

The level of humidity in the house can be measured easily using a hygrometer, and then it is possible to know how to control the level of humidity so that it becomes within the normal level by:[3]

  • Using a cold air conditioner to reduce the absolute humidity – the amount of water vapor in the air – and using a hot air conditioner to reduce the specific humidity – the ratio of water vapor in the air, to what the air can carry of it.
  • Use dehumidifiers to get rid of excess moisture, and humidifiers to moisten very dry places.
  • Ventilate the house well to get rid of moisture.
  • The use of ventilation systems and heat recovery or mechanical ventilation (in English: heat recovery ventilation) to reduce relative humidity.
  • Use the suction fans in the bathrooms after using the hot water for the shower.

the reviewer

  1. ↑ Joann Jovinelly (6-11-2018), “COPD and Humidity”, www.healthline.com, Retrieved 4-10-2019. Edited.
  2. ^ AP V. Arundel, Elia Sterling, Judith H. Biggin, “Indirect Health Effects of Relative Humidity in Indoor Environments”, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, Retrieved 10-4-2019. Edited.
  3. ↑ Leanne Koster (16-2-2016), “Indoor humidity and your family’s health”, www.nationalasthma.org.au, Retrieved 17-4-2019. Edited.

The effects of moisture on human health

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