What is Optimum Relative Humidity?

Optimum Relative Humidity

Relative Humidity commonly refers to the amount of water vapor present in the gaseous mixture of air and water vapor. Controlling the humidity levels of your indoor air is a key component in the prevention of interior mold growth and also aids in the reduction of biological air pollutants.

Is the relative humidity (RH) too high, it can contribute to increased levels of biological agents such mold, dust mites and other irritants in the air you breathe. Mold and fungi especially thrive in RH levels above 60%. Dust mites, the leading cause of allergies, even thrive in as little as 50% relative humidity. On the other hand, relative humidity levels that are too low can lead to dry mucus membranes causing irritation, nosebleeds and infections. Optimum Relative Humidity in your home should lie above 30% and below 50%.

In the maritime environment of Long Island, high outdoor humidity levels along with issues such as leaking roofs, broken pipes, ground water seepage etc. all contribute to high RH levels inside many homes and businesses in our region. Moisture rich environments in turn provide nourishment and perfect breeding grounds for mold and fungi growth on the structural elements of your home such as sheetrock or insulation.

Carbone Restoration, Inc. offers a full line of Dehumidifiers which help control the relative humidity levels in a wide variety of residential and commercial environments. Controlling the humidity inside your home is one of the best methods to prevent mold and fungi infestation indoors.

Don’t wait ‘til it’s too late. Please call our experts at 516-614-5652 for a consultation today.