More and more, Americans are realizing the importance of maintaining not only a warm home but a well-insulated home devoid of air leaks. In fact, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) employment rates are expected to rise 15% between 2016 and 2026 as individuals look for the best methods to create a comfortable and cost-effective living environment.
When it comes to indoor air quality, moisture levels require a surprisingly delicate balance. Air that is too humid or too dry can damage your home’s structural integrity and your family’s health. Use this guide to evaluate your home’s humidity levels, and to determine if spray foam insulation can help:
Signs and Symptoms of Low Indoor Humidity
When air lacks the proper amount of water molecules, often, you’ll be able to feel it. Low indoor humidity is most common in the winter, and about 30% humidity or lower is considered unusually dry. Though humidity impacts each individual differently, common health symptoms of low humidity levels include:
- Dry skin or scalp
- Chapped lips
- Bloody nose
- Itchy throat and eyes
- Coughing when you wake
- Aggravated asthma symptoms
- Worsening allergy and sinus problems
Low humidity levels can also impact your home environment. One common sign includes increased static electricity on your clothes and carpet. You may also notice dry, cracking surfaces on your wood floors or furniture, and even book pages may become brittle over time. Houseplants that aren’t cacti might lose color and lushness at the leaf tips in a dry indoor environment as well.
Signs and Symptoms of High Indoor Humidity
High indoor humidity also comes with a host of home and health problems. These include:
- Mold or mildew growth
- Wet spots on floors and walls
- “Sticky” feeling skin
- Frizzy and unmanageable hair
- “Stuffy” air quality
- Worsened allergy and asthma symptoms
Clearly, neither high nor low humidity levels are desirable. Both can cause breathing difficulties for residents, and both can cause serious home maintenance issues, like mold growth or dried-out wooden features. How can a homeowner strike a balance?
How Spray Foam Insulation Can Help
The first step towards humidity management is sealing a home against moisture infiltration from the outside environment. With the help of a spray foam rig, homeowners can create a layer of insulation that air-seals the space. By filling every nook and cranny where humidity might seep in, spray foam rigs and chemicals keep outside moisture from penetrating a home, giving the homeowner greater control of humidity levels.
If you’re a homeowner struggling to maintain good indoor air quality, consider renting spray foam equipment or hiring professionals with a spray foam rig. Getting your indoor humidity levels between 30% and 50% can make a surprisingly large difference in your family’s health and your home’s structure.
To learn more about how at-home spray foam kits or professionals with a spray foam rig can help you control indoor humidity, contact Spray Foam Systems today!