Humidity Affects the Elderly at Home

More and more elderly people live with their adult children. According to the American Association of Retired Persons, the number of elderly family members living in their children’s home has doubled since 1995. The demand for healthy air is particularly important.

Just as you give priority to creating a healthy family environment for your children, creating healthy living conditions for parents should also be your top priority.

We already know that humid air can cause:

  • Rheumatism
  • Skin diseases
  • Digestive tract diseases
  • Mold growth and allergies caused by mold
  • Irritability, tiredness, loss of appetite
  • Rhinitis
  • Asthma

But as we grow older, how will humid air affect us?

From a general point of view, humid air has been shown to increase the spread of the flu virus, which affects everyone in your home. It is harder for the elderly to recover from the flu than for young people with stronger immune systems. It can even cause pneumonia.

In addition, elderly family members with asthma may experience lung spasms due to the humid air.

Even at a basic level, older generations are more susceptible to moisture, which can be uncomfortable, leading to chest tightness and shortness of breath.

The moisture in the dry air is good for the whole family.

According to the EPA, the goal is to keep the humidity in your home between 30% and 60% throughout the year to help your elderly relatives breathe easily.


If you need an Abestorm dehumidifier, please let a certified professional help you to take the first step towards a happier and healthier home.

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