Understanding Humidity in St. Louis

Cold winter months bring low humidity levels that most of us only recognize as we feel our skin drying out more frequently and needing chapstick to keep our lips moist. Humidity refers to the amount of water vapor in the air, and it affects our comfort levels, even playing a role in the development and treatment of allergies.

Higher humidity levels can help relieve discomfort and unpleasant symptoms of allergies. On the other hand, on extremely common source of many allergies – dust mites – thrive at high humidity levels. This presents a catch-22: lower humidity levels ensure that mold and cut mites cannot thrive and can help reduce indoor air pollution, but higher humidity is more comfortable.

The ideal humidity level for our homes has been found to be between 35-45% RH (relative humidity). You may wonder how you can determine the humidity level in your own home? You can purchase a Hygrometer at a local hardware store, such as Home Depot or Lowes. This device can help you determine if your home is at risk for increased mold and dust mite activity. fIf the humidity is below 35%, many people experience discomfort in the form of dry, itchy skin and scratchy dry nasal passages.

If you would like to speak with someone who can help determine the humidity levels in your home, or present solutions for humidity issues you may be having, please contact our office right away. We will always be here to answer any questions you may have.

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