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Old 09-10-2011, 12:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
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While high humidity is great for skin and humid air always feel warmer, anything over I believe it's 40% encourages mold growth and mold is not healthy. If you do have a humid environment, it means more frequent cage cleaning as well as monitoring windows, outside walls and corners for signs of mold.
I was going to comment on this, too, Nancy.

Keep in mind that while the humidifier may help the hedgies (which is wonderful!), they can be harmful to you. I have allergies and am not able to use a humidifier due to the mold and bacteria that humidifiers blow out when not washed properly and daily (which I'm assuming can be harmful to anyone, even people without allergies).

In general, humidifiers aren't really recommended by doctors as they are more likely to hurt your health than to help it, but I think if you make sure to clean the water reservoir with bleach water every day, you won't have to worry about the mold & bacteria.

Sorry to ramble on My mom has COPD and I have always had asthma, allergies and sinus problems, so I have learned a lot about how changes in the average household's air can improve, worsen or cause respiratory issues.

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Old 09-10-2011, 01:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The late,great and missed Hedgemom made this reply to me about humidity levels in a post.


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by HedgeMom on Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:09 am

If you're running an a/c, you are dehumidifying. Optimal indoor humidity is between 40 and 50%. Once humidity hits 50% and over, the temperature starts feeling warmer than it really is.

When your indoor temps hit 80 and your humidity is 75%, the temperature feels like 84 and it makes it harder for your body (or the hedgehog's body) to cool through evaporation. Here's a heat index chart: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml

In the winter, increasing humidity is an effective way of making a room feel warmer. Dry air is cooler than moist air.

And anything lower than 40 can cause dry skin and itchiness.
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I have a fish tank in my house so the huminity is at a pretty good level and sometimes we have the huminity going over 60%, which we can't have that because of the fear of getting mold. What I do is I put VERY dry sponges with a little salt on it and it absorbs some of the water in thair and it puts the persentages down. You change it when the salt is all wet or when it is disolved. It takes weeks or even months to absorb a lot of moisture.
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what about natural humidity? I live in florida by the water and its always like at the least 30% humidity inside but if i take them for a walk could it bother them? the average humidity is anywhere from 77%-45% daily
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what about natural humidity? I live in florida by the water and its always like at the least 30% humidity inside but if i take them for a walk could it bother them? the average humidity is anywhere from 77%-45% daily
I'm in Louisiana and our climate is similar. I have never noticed bad side effects, only good ones. I have seen other peoples houses have problem with mold if they have too much furniture and such in the house because it inhibits good air flow.
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