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Old 07-13-2008, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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For the record; I live here in Arizona and have been giving idle speculation to moving to Charleston, W Va.

Long story short: it rained like the dickens here in the Phx area and when I went outside to walk the dog; I had slight breathing difficulties (80F 85% humidity).

Note that I do not smoke but I am overweight (but not obese) plus I am reasonably active as in walking 1-2 miles a day.

Just that I had quite a bit of trouble breathing through my nose, started breathing by mouth and my chest started tightening a tad.

My blood pressure is high but am on meds to control it.

Somehow; I may be making a big mistake in living in humid country.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:36 PM
 
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It's funny:

It doesn't make sense in terms of thinking about how it feels.


Humid air is less dense than dry air.....less oxygen per cubic foot.

100* @ 100% RH: .0662 lb/cubic ft.

100* @ 50% RH: .0685 lb/cubic ft.

In terms of specific volume: 100* @ 100% RH: 15.038 cubic ft/lb

In terms of specific volume: 100* @ 50% RH: 14.577 cubic ft/lb

You see the moisture takes up more of the specific volume of which you can't much use for breathing.




By the way AZ is about as dry as it gets. One of the few places in America that use evaporative cooling as air conditioning....only used in dry places.

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Old 07-13-2008, 10:43 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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WV rarely has dry days...I have always had trouble breathing her.....except the days that are so dry they say to watch out for nose bleeds [which i dont get] then I feel great!
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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WV rarely has dry days...I have always had trouble breathing her.....except the days that are so dry they say to watch out for nose bleeds [which i dont get] then I feel great!
Ditto.

About the only problem I have with the dry weather is when it is below, say, 75F @ 20% humidity is that my hands tend to crack and bleed slightly (if I wash them frequently when test driving cars at work)---------and, Bag Balm controls that problem quite nicely

The irony is despite my being Nordic White--------I have extremely oily skin.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:58 PM
 
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Default It's going to sound strange......

A humidifier for the home that can be controlled precisely.
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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A humidifier for the home that can be controlled precisely.
I strongly disagree here: once I walked back into my AC equipped apt, I could breathe easily again.
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:10 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Me too A/C works for me. But if I can find the right place to live to heck with the A/C...
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:26 PM
 
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nevermind....
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Maine
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The humidity is 93% here this morning. The AC helps a lot but it's too cool to turn it on. The humidity makes working outside difficult, especially when it's hot.
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Old 07-14-2008, 07:06 AM
 
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The humidity is 93% here this morning. The AC helps a lot but it's too cool to turn it on. The humidity makes working outside difficult, especially when it's hot.
Yeah low heat load with high humidity is a real issue. Especially in basements. A/C doesn't run long enough to take the moisture out so you end up not feeling comfy @ normal temps and feel like you have to turn the stat down for same comfort.
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