Three Reason Why Monitoring Humidity is Critical

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Monitoring indoor humidity is critical

Just like our comfort levels are affected, environments, too, can suffer the effects of humidity. According to the Environmental Protection, indoor air quality is one of the top environmental threats. Environments that store food, technical equipment like computers or data centers, or your home are susceptible to the negative effects of humidity.

Three reasons to monitor indoor humidity:

1. Preservation

Monitoring the temperature and humidity of a storage environment is a basic element in the overall preservation of materials. According to The Data Center Journal, too much humidity leads to condensation, which can then lead to corrosion or electrical shorts in environments such as data centers. Yet if there is too little humidity, there may be a buildup of electrostatic charge, causing static electricity. Equipment may be damaged or destroyed as a result.

2. Mold

Mold can wreak havoc on your health so ensuring that your home is mold-free is a top priority. According to the Centers for Disease Control, mold can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or skin irritation. The key to mold control is moisture control. If mold is a problem, clean up the mold and get rid of excess water or moisture. Maintaining the relative humidity between 30 to 60 percent will help control mold, dust mites and cockroaches. Every home, for instance, should have a hygrometer that measures temperature and relative humidity (RH). The ideal relative humidity for health and comfort is about 40 to 50 percent.

3. Processes

Because humidity affects the properties of air and all materials that come into direct contact with air, various manufacturing, storage, and testing processes are dependent upon humidity. Materials that must be stored are vulnerable to damage from their specific environments. For instance, industry regulations call for storage areas to maintain 30 percent and 60 percent relative humidity. If moisture levels rise or fall outside of this range, sterility of any medical equipment stored can be compromised and not suited for patient usage.

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