Surviving the Dog Days

It’s hot and it’s humid and you don’t have the pep you usually have. But did you know beyond suffering through that sweaty discomfort, high humidity also could lead to health problems?

When the air is too moist it encourages the growth of bacteria, mildew, and mold. Common allergies and respiratory ailments can be worsened by their existence in the home and office. For the best breathable air quality and to prevent the spread of these unwanted visitors, indoor relative humidity should be kept somewhere between 40 and 60 percent.

Contrary to a cooling shower, the moisture of the high humidity actually makes us feel warmer because our body’s cooling down process is hindered. Normally, we cool off through sweating, where the moisture of the sweat carries away our body heat through our pores and evaporates. In high humidity conditions, the sweat evaporates much slower than in dry air, leaving that heat still on our bodies. Plus we are sweatier and feeling even more uncomfortable and irritable.

When properly sized, an air conditioner can help to remove much of the humidity from the air as it cools. Proper sizing can be a difficult to achieve, and there always is the temptation to purchase a unit that far exceeds the necessary cooling level. And, if the air conditioner is too large for your living area, the air is cold and clammy, which is uncomfortable, too.

The best way to keep your cool is to install a properly sized system. That way, the air will be both cooled and dehumidified – and your comfort level will be optimal. So don’t sweat it this summer – for expert advice in staying cool and dry in the summer heat, give Family Danz a call today at .