There is an Inspector Gadget’s worth of devices that monitor the humidity inside your home. However, the human brain is wired to detect subtle changes in the air. This is a trait left over from our hunter/gatherer days when our packs had to move from place to place to find livable shelter. In fact, our senses are so sharp that a recent article in Smithsonian Magazine says that some humans even might be able to detect the earth’s electromagnetic field. So, if we can do that, then detecting humidity in your home is doable without a load of electronic devices. If you are looking to detect humidity early, your best bet is to trust your inherent senses and pay attention to the following signs.
Bodily Signs of Humidity
The best place to start detecting humidity is on the body itself. A host of yoga channels will often say listen to your body, and if they worked in air purification, then they’d be right. Humidity affects the body in a host of different ways, so if perceive the following signs, it might be time to take care of air humidity.
- Irritation in the Nose
The airflow through the nostrils is constant. If that air is humid, it puts a lot of excess pressure on the nose, which in turn wears them out. As anyone with allergies will tell you, the nose and nostrils are particularly sensitive so when they start to chaff or experience other forms of irritation, it’s hard to ignore. Be on the lookout for congestion as well!
- Itchiness of the Eyes
Another sensitive area of the body, the eyes are the windows into… well, maybe not the soul in this case, but they can tell you a lot about air humidity. Excess humidity in the air reddens the eyes and can make them susceptible to itchiness and irritation.
- Dryness of the Skin
This is probably the biggest telltale sign of humidity in the air. Skin dryness can make the skin look frayed or red. Common areas of skin dryness can occur on the arms, lower legs, and side of the body, although some people experience heavy dryness on their scalp and their face.
Signs of Humidity in the Air
The air itself holds the key to detecting humidity early. Observing the following signs can help you catch humidity before it can do any real damage to you or your home.
- Heaviness in the Air
If the air feels heavy or thick, then the air is holding onto a lot of moisture. Imagine the texture of the air when you just get out of a hot shower. If the air feels like that, then most likely it is carrying a lot of excess weight and is primed to be extremely humid.
- Discrepancies in Temperature
We often look to the thermometer to determine why we feel so warm and are put at ease to see that the temperature is a-okay. However, humidity works independently from the temperature so its not good practice to keep an eye on the thermometer to gauge humidity levels. In this case, if the temperature is where it should be but you still feel incredibly warm, then your home is most likely humid.
- Static Electricity is Prevalent in Your Home
The moisture in the air means that certain areas of your home might be more prone to static electricity. Look for the usual suspects – laundry, carpets, bedsheets, couches, and pillows. If you rub up against these areas and notice an unusually high amount of static electricity, then prepare to start dealing with your humidity situation.
Biggest Takeaway… Pay Attention!
With so many automated features in our lives, it’s easy to put the burden of observation on a new gadget. However, nothing can replace experiences and our own insights when it comes to our homes. Pay attention, make observations, and take nothing for granted as you detect humidity in your home.