What is the Optimal Humidity for COPD Patients

Written by Piper Morris. Posted in Medical News

To ensure your comfort in your apartment or house, it is not only the ideal temperature that you should look after. Moisture also plays a very important role. It is indeed important to be concerned about the humidity, otherwise it can cause some damage to your health and your home. Chronic respiratory diseases are a serious public health problem because of their frequency, severity, their economic impact. The Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma are both obstructive pulmonary disease that can be avoided if you use a dehumidifier.

What are chronic respiratory diseases?

Chronic respiratory diseases include a group of diseases affecting the airwayes and other parts of the lung. Most common are the respiratory chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.This category also encompasses other chronic diseases such as lung cancer, tuberculosis, the respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) and sleep apnea. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a set of severe breathing problems; the main two are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. This disease is a respiratory disorder largely caused by smoking and characterized by a progressive and partially reversible airway obstruction, lung hyperinflation, systemic manifestations and the frequency of exacerbations and severity are increasing. Clinically, it can manifest itself by cough, shortness of breath and mucus production.

Instruments for measuring and improving the humidity

There are several instruments for measuring and improving the humidity level in your house. As their names suggest, the dehumidifier will decrease a high level of humidity, while the humidifier will help you increase the humidity in the room and will add to the ambient air moisture for a healthy environment. Finally, the two instruments that will help you measure the optimal humidity in your house are the hygrometer for humidity and of course the traditional thermometer for temperature. If you decide that you need a dehumidifier, you should focus on honeywell dehumidifiers as they seem to be very trustworthy. We read several reviews of various honeywell dehumidifiers and most of the clients that have used them were very satisfied with the results.

Keep a delicate balance between temperature and humidity

A relative humidity of 70% means that the air contains 70% of the maximum water vapor it can absorb at this temperature. So your comfort depends directly on a fine balance between the air temperature and humidity percentage: 60% relative humidity, discomfort generated by moisture will be greater if it is 30 ° C. Conversely, a humid day will seem warmer than a day when the temperature is higher but air is drier. The ambient air is determined by the interaction of the temperature, of the humidity of the air, the quality and of the air movement. A comfortable room temperature is around 21-22 degrees Celsius and must not exceed a maximum of 26 ° Celsius in summer. The humidity of the air should contain about 50%. The currents of air should be avoided. Work equipment such as printers or computers should not contribute to increase the temperature in your home. In general, a relative humidity between 30 and 70% covers all the recommended humidity ranges. In Belgium, for example it is officially recommended to have a humidity between 40 and 70%, while according to English experts, the recommended relative humidity is between 45 and 65%. In the medical environment, for patients suffering from COPD, we recommend a rate between 40 and 60%, too low humidity may cause respiratory complications.

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