Crawl Space Ninja started to improve indoor air quality. Many don’t realize the impact poor indoor air quality has on their health. The spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus has opened many eyes to the impact viruses, germs, bacteria and mold can have on your indoor air quality. Effective virus protection starts by controlling humidity.
Reduce the Spread of Viruses in Your Home
Everyone understands using chemical sprays to control viruses. Companies do a great job marketing Lysol and bleach to reduce viruses on surfaces in your home. But no one seems to be talking about controlling humidity. Many chemicals manufactured to control viruses are in their own way unhealthy to humans. In fact, the main ingredient in many aerosol virus disinfectants is benzalkonium chloride. According to EWG.org
Quote – “BENZALKONIUM CHLORIDE. Biocide, preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies, benzalkonium chloride is a sensitizer especially dangerous for people with asthma or skin conditions such as eczema.”
To read the full article click here. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredients/700674-BENZALKONIUM-CHLORIDE/
Should more emphasis be on the natural process of controlling humidity instead of pumping our indoor air full of chemicals? Chemicals are extremely useful and needed in ridding your home from molds, viruses, germs and bacteria but I feel the same emphasis should be placed on humidity control as well.
One of the Best Chemicals for Controlling Viruses
Again, I am not being anti-chemical. We offer many products to homeowners to rid their living and workspaces of molds, viruses, bacteria and germs. One of which is Anasphere Plus by Anabec. (Link to DIY) This product has an impressive kill rate of over 140 pathogens and is even cleared by the EPA as a COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 disinfectant. But…is the humidity in your home between 30% and 60%? Did you even know the humidity should be kept at that level?
Humidity Levels Viruses Thrive
Look at this chart to see the humidity levels different pathogens, allergens and chemical reactions occur:
As you can see viruses thrive in humidity levels under 30% and over 60%. Controlling low humidity is essential with a whole home humidifier and controlling high humidity requires a dehumidifier. Depending on what part of the country you are in will determine what product is the best investment for you and your family.
Yale Scientists Say Indoor Humidity May Slow Virus Spread.
In the article below by James Rogers of Fox News, he writes,
“Researchers at Yale say that we may get some respite from the coronavirus pandemic as we move into spring, although this depends on how indoor environments adapt.”
Now what does that mean? Indoor environments in the spring and summer months typically become more humid. Everyone is speculating COVID-19 may decline in summer but if your home has high humidity and is inviting viruses to prosper then what does the outdoor climate matter? Read the full article below.
What Should You Do to Control Humidity?
If you live in a climate that naturally has low levels of humidity like Colorado then getting a whole home humidifier like the Aprilaire 600, 700 or 800 would be a great investment. If you line in the south like we do in Tennessee then I recommend a great dehumidifier like the Aprilaire 1820, 1830 or 1850. Keep in mind Colorado residents may also require a dehumidifier and Tennessee residents may use a humidifier depending on the seasons.