how does humidity affect indoor air quality

If you consistently get headaches, asthma attacks, or itchy red skin at work, it’s probably not being caused by your boss. Seriously. The indoor air quality of an office building, if not maintained at appropriate levels, can directly affect your health. Indoor air pollutants like tobacco products, insulation, new flooring, HVAC systems, and excess or lack of moisture can negatively affect your space’s ventilation. In fact, uncontrolled humidity levels and poor ventilation maintenance are some of the most common causes of poor indoor air quality. Here’s what you need to know about regulating the humidity in your office building.

Humidity and Air Quality

Most of us don’t think about the air we breathe while indoors or how it can affect our whole body. When the humidity levels change, so does the rate of toxic chemicals. If humidity is too high, bacteria, mold, and viruses thrive. If humidity is too low, airborne germs, asthma, and bronchitis symptoms increase.

Control Humidity Levels

Preventative maintenance is the best way to monitor and control humidity levels in any building. Your ventilation, heating, and air conditioning systems should be regularly inspected and tested for optimal performance. In addition, ask your employees if they are experiencing symptoms of high or low humidity. This can help identify if your building needs a central humidifier added to your HVAC system.

Improving your indoor air quality starts with working with a professional HVAC expert. The Valor Mechanical team can test and analyze your ventilation system to make sure it’s working properly and efficiently based on your specific building’s needs. By keeping your humidity levels regulated, you can not only save money on your monthly utility bills, but also keep your employees safe and healthy. Contact Valor today to learn more about improving your indoor air quality.