We don't realize how high Singapore's humidity is and the potential harm it can cause. Singapore's average humidity is about 70%-90%, while the ideal humidity recommended by experts is 30% to 60%.
A home represents warmth, safety, and memories.
Having the right humidity at home will improve your health, sleep, energy, skin mood and how you feel every day.
But many people think there is no don't realize the dangers of a Humid Home.
There have been numerous studies on the dangers of Humidity at home. We have included a link to the primary research for each danger so you can learn more if you want.
These are 7 Proven Hidden Dangers of a Humid Home..
1. Allergies to Adults and Children: Breeding Ground for Allergens
One of the first victims of a moist, humid environment is the air quality in your home. Allergens such as dust mites, mold spores, and mildew find such conditions optimal for growth. Over time, these allergens accumulate, saturating the air you breathe daily. This isn't just unpleasant; for many, it's a health risk. Continuous exposure can manifest in various symptoms ranging from itchy eyes, sneezing, and skin rashes to more severe respiratory challenges.
Source: Arlian, L.G., et al. (2001). Reducing relative humidity is a practical way to control dust mites and their allergens in homes in temperate climates. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 107(1), 99-104.
2. Unseen Pests Starts to Grow In the Home
A humid environment isn't just uncomfortable for us; it's an open invitation for pests. Termites, notorious for their destructive potential, adore moist conditions, gnawing away stealthily at a home's very foundation. Other pests, like silverfish, flourish in the damp hidden corners of our homes. Over time, these pests cause significant, sometimes irreversible, damage, often demanding hefty extermination bills.
Pests are more than a nuisance; they're a health risk. Many pests can carry allergens, bacteria, and diseases. Their droppings, skin sheddings, and mere presence can aggravate allergies, asthma, and even lead to infections.
Source: Evans, T.A., et al. (2013). Termites assess wood size by using vibration signals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(8), 2998-3002.
3. Damage to Electronics
Today's homes are heavily reliant on electronics, from essential appliances like refrigerators and microwaves to luxury items like high-definition TVs and gaming systems. Humidity, however, is their silent adversary. Excess moisture can lead to circuit corrosion, malfunctions, and even potential fire hazards due to short circuits. The damage isn't just immediate; prolonged exposure to humidity reduces the lifespan of these devices, leading to early replacements and added expenses.
Source: Boubakri, A., et al. (2012). Humidity effects on wire bonding corrosion reliability. Microelectronics Reliability, 52(9-10), 2268-2274.
4. Health Complications
The physical structure of your home isn't the only thing under siege. Your health—particularly respiratory health—is at risk too. Elevated humidity levels can make breathing laborious, especially for individuals with asthma or bronchitis. Humidity is also an enabler for fungal growth, increasing chances of skin infections. Children and the elderly, with their more vulnerable immune systems, are especially at risk.
Source: Jaakkola, J.J.K., et al. (2002). Indoor dampness and molds and development of adult-onset asthma: a population-based incident case-control study. Environmental Health Perspectives, 110(7), 543-547.
5. Compromised Comfort and Well-being
Living in a damp environment isn't just about the tangible risks; it's the intangible impact on well-being. The constant stickiness, the oppressive weight of the humid air, disrupts sleep and daily activities. Over time, this wears down one's mental resilience, leading to increased stress levels, mood swings, and a palpable decline in the overall quality of life.
Source: Fisk, W.J., et al. (2010). Health and productivity gains from better indoor environments. Public Health Reports, 115(5), 365-378.
6. Rising Costs in Electrical Bills
Electricity consumption and humidity often share a directly proportional relationship. How? Let's break it down. High humidity levels force air conditioning systems to work harder to cool down the space, as they have to deal with not just temperature moderation, but moisture removal as well. This persistent overexertion of the HVAC system doesn't come without costs. It leads to a significant uptick in your monthly electrical bills. Moreover, the constant strain reduces the efficiency of the units, prompting more frequent maintenance calls and replacements. Over time, this "humidity tax" on your appliances could translate into substantial financial outflows, eroding the comfort of a balanced budget alongside the comfort of a balanced indoor climate.
Source: Park, J., et al. (2014). Effects of interior humidity on energy consumption of refrigerated air conditioning system. Applied Energy, 114, 456-463.
7. Accelerated Wood Decay
Wood, in its essence, is organic. When consistently exposed to high humidity, it begins to decay, slowly but surely. This isn't limited to just visible woodwork like your elegant teak table or mahogany bookshelf. Structural wooden elements, hidden from the eye—beams, foundational supports—start to weaken too. The compromised structural integrity can jeopardize the safety of your home and diminish the value and longevity of your possessions.
Source: Viitanen, H., et al. (2010). Mould growth in modern and old buildings. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 31(2), 143-153.
The hidden dangers of humidity are studied and proven by researchers and Science.
Thankfully, a simple solution can solve all the hidden dangers in your home. It's not only an affordable solution, but also an easy one to implement. You just need to get a dehumidifier and turn it on.
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