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Sleep Quality and Breathing: How Indoor Weather Affects You

Not everyone is the same, but most people can feel whenever the weather is changing. Temperature, pressure, humidity – all of that affects our moods and overall well-being. And what happens outside can alter what’s inside our houses.

Since your home is a place where you rest and regain your strengths, you should care about the conditions you have inside it. Of course, you can’t control what’s going on outside, but thanks to the wonders of technology, you may alter the indoor weather. From a remote temperature monitor to keep track of things, through heating and air conditioning, to a humidifier – there are solutions to all kinds of weather problems.

But is it worth investing and making an effort? Certainly yes! If you remain skeptical, keep reading to discover the effects indoor weather may have on people.

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor weather or indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within buildings, and it’s directly related to the mental and physical health of those living inside.

The two factors that greatly affect IAQ are temperature and humidity. Both are closely related – for example, humidity affects how we feel certain temperatures, but the high temperature is also more favorable for binding water. That’s why it’s vital to focus on both, especially that neglecting will not only make you uncomfortable in your own home but can also support the development of mold and other allergens.

Humidity & Temperature

The right temperature is not only about making you feel comfortable. For example, some people prefer to spend their time in warm, cozy surroundings; they even love it when the temperature outside keeps rising. While you certainly shouldn’t be constantly cold, too high temperature favors the rise in the pollen count, which is unbearable for people with allergies but can also affect those without, if the levels rise enough.

Low humidity is usually associated with cold weather conditions while humid air – with heat waves.

Humidity levels refer to the amount of moisture there is in the air at a given time relative to how much the air can contain.

Both low and high humidity can have negative effects on the human body.

When the air is too humid, you will feel like you’re in a tropical forest, experiencing weakness, excess sweating, frizzy hair, etc. You will have trouble sleeping and, eventually, breathing problems, which can lead to allergic reactions and exhibiting asthma symptoms.

You’ll want to pay attention to what you’re sleeping on as well. Those materials can make a difference to your sleep quality too. When looking at sleep numbers, there are some key factors to consider.

Dry air, on the other hand, will dry your eyes, make your skin irritated and itchy, and lips chapped. Your throat will also feel itchy, like during a cold, and your nose may be bleeding regularly. In the long term, you will also experience respiratory problems, leading to allergies and asthma.

All problems can be short term if treated soon enough. However, if you neglect the poor indoor air quality, you increase the risk of developing chronic diseases and other health problems.

During winters, the relative humidity may decrease as low as 20%. At that time, you should make sure that you keep it above that number – anywhere between 20% and 40% is considered optimal. Also, if it goes higher than 45%, it may mean that you have problems with ventilation, which can lead to the condensation of moisture on the surfaces. That’s a favorable environment for developing mold.

However, if the humidity is low due to the low temperature, it won’t be enough to turn on the heating. Unfortunately, excessive heating can only make dryness worse, so ensure to keep the room temperature at 72°F (22°C) maximum.

If your indoor air tends to get too dry during winters, it would be best to invest in a good humidifier.

During summers, if left unattended, indoor humidity will go higher along with changes in weather outside. The optimal relative humidity for these months is between 30% and 50%, but it can go as high as 70% if you neglect it.

When humidity rises outdoors, it is vital to ensure that you have a working ventilation system in your home. It is also essential all year round in the rooms when the temperature tends to suddenly increase, like in kitchens or bathrooms. Fans and dehumidifiers may also be helpful.

Air conditioning is a good idea, especially if you live in a warmer climate, but you have to be careful with these devices. They replace warm air with cold and, therefore, dry air, so be sure that you don’t dry your indoor air quality out while trying to get rid of excess humidity.

Final Thoughts

Climate change is real, and we can only expect the weather to change more often and more abruptly, which will undoubtedly affect your indoor weather.

As you can see, the conditions inside your home significantly influence your well-being and may even lead to some severe health problems. Therefore, it is definitely worth taking care of indoor air quality.

Invest in a good humidity and temperature monitor to make sure that you control the situation. And then, react accordingly, whether with a humidifier, dehumidifier, air conditioning, or a ventilation system service. Your home should be a place where you can regain your strengths, so you don’t want it to be the cause of further problems.

This article is written by Natalia Kołkowska.

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