Humidity and Your Air
Fort Worth can get pretty humid. According to the National Weather Service, the humidity levels in Fort Worth can be in the 70s and 80s after midnight and into the morning, then drops down to the 40s and 50s in the evening. For comparison, a comfortable humidity level indoors is 30 to 50 percent.
So if the air feels thick and damp in the morning, this is why. So how does humidity affect your air quality? Here’s what you need to know.
Humidity and Health
You can feel it when the humidity is too low and too high. Under 30 percent, dry air can start to irritate your nasal passages and cause dry eyes. When humidity is above 50, it can become ripe for mold and mildew growth, both of which can have adverse effects on your health. Plus, you may start smelling musty odors and feel a stickiness in the air.
Likewise, certain bacteria and viruses can thrive in extremely humid conditions. Dust can also build-up, adding to respiratory issues and dirtying your home.
How to Prevent Extreme Humidity
Tools that prevent too low or too high humidity are crucial in keeping your indoor air safe and comfortable.
One of the most effective tools is a dehumidifier. Since Fort Worth is usually on the higher end of the humidity range, you shouldn’t need to worry about too low humidity. But when the outside humidity is at 80 percent, you’ll want something to help restore comfort in your home. Dehumidifiers come in standalone and whole-home options.
If you don’t have one, consider purchasing a hygrometer to measure humidity in your home. This inexpensive tool will help you decipher your indoor air quality needs.