Humidity And Your Home
1 aug 2019
No one likes that awful muggy feeling that’s associated with humidity. High moisture content in the air can leave you feeling sticky, and makes it difficult to cool down or get a good night's sleep.
As seasons change and temperatures rise, so do humidity levels for many areas of Australia. We know this humidity makes you uncomfortable, but did you know it can also have negative effects on your health and even damage your home?
Let’s take a look at some of the issues with moisture, and why it’s so important to control it in your home.
Ongoing humidity can lead to a whole host of issues with your health, your comfort and your home.
A humid home:
- Is a haven to allergens such as dust mites.
- Is a breeding ground for mould, which can be particularly dangerous for your health.
- Can trigger asthma, allergies, sinus issues and frizzy hair.
- May prevent effective cooling of the body.
- Can cause lingering unpleasant odours.
- Can destroy clothing and soft furnishings and leave linen feeling damp.
- May create condensation and water stains.
- Can lead to high energy bills, as your air conditioner will need to work overtime to cool down a humid room.
In extreme scenarios, ongoing mould can cause irreparable damage to the structure of your home, lowering the value of your house and costing you thousands in repairs.
What about low humidity?
On the other end of the scale, a very dry home can lead to issues including dry skin and hair, chapped lips, irritated throat and eyes, poor sleep and even increased static electricity on your clothes, hair and carpet!
These issues are unfortunately experienced with many dehumidifying air conditioners, which end up causing more problems than they solve.
So what can be done about it?
We know that low or high humidity isn’t great for us, but how do we maintain a happy medium? Here are some things you can do in your home.
- Make sure your home is well ventilated
- Utilise fans to encourage air flow
- Never dry your clothes indoors
- Be smart about your plants - they can increase the moisture in your home.
- Replace your rugs, as they can hold unwanted moisture.
- Repair your walls and doors, as cracks can allow moisture into your home
- Invest in a dehumidifying air conditioner that won’t dry you out.
Panasonic’s ECONAVI Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners have been developed just for this occasion.
The revolutionary Mild Dry Cooling function ensures that your home maintains a comfortable level of moisture at all times - even when your air conditioner is off!
Better yet, Panasonic’s nanoe-G technology removes up to 99% of airborne bacteria, viruses and mould for a truly healthy home.
If you’d like to learn more about improving indoor air quality in your home, contact the Panasonic Specialist Air Network. Our expert team will help you find the ideal solution for your family.