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How alarming is your indoor humidity and temperature?

Climates that are high in humidity have a high amount of water vapour in the air. When the weather becomes hot in high humidity, it makes people feel very hot. This is because it causes the inability of moisture to evaporate from the skin. High humidity is also a potential for mold growth. These microscopic organisms are highly dependent on humidity for growth. When the environment reaches 60% relative humidity it can encourage mold growth. The indoor air quality in any building can be affected by the spread of mold spores which eventually results in health hazards. Temperature likewise is another factor that can contributes to poor indoor air quality. Temperature is essential for human survival, but an excess of it becomes harmful to human health. High humidity and temperature can both cause irritations, fatigue, headache and many more disorders. They can also cause food produce, chemicals or pharmaceutical to go bad. One step to ensuring that building occupants do not suffer such ailments and to improve productivity is to regularly check humidity and temperature levels.

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There are instruments available for testing the RH and temperature of buildings. Among them is the Extech RHT10 Humidity and Temperature USB Datalogger. This device measures and stores up to 16,000 relative humidity and 16,000 temperature readings over 0 to 100%RH and -40 to +70°C (-40 to +158°F) measurement ranges. The datalogger uses user-programmable alarm thresholds for RH and Temperature readings. It is very economical to use the Extech RHT10. This is because it has a long battery life which lasts approximately 1 whole year.

Filed under: Articles | Posted on May 2nd, 2013 by Evelyn Dzekpedzi

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