With spring well underway, many individuals will be feeling the effects of rising pollen levels, when retreating inside your home however; the symptoms of allergies can worsen with increased temperature and moisture causing mould, mildew and dust mites to thrive.
Mould in particular causes a number of difficulties for allergy sufferers, and moisture in your home will give mould all it needs to produce the tiny spores that cause nasal stuffiness, eye soreness, skin irritation and sneezing. Dust mites also love moist homes and are a common trigger for asthma and allergy symptoms.
How a dehumidifier can help
Dehumidifiers are handy household appliances that could unlock the key to easing your asthma or allergy symptoms all year round. As temperature and moisture levels rise, the dehumidifier actively works to remove excess moisture from the air and return moisture in your home to the recommended levels. Returning humidity to this safe level will ensure you and your family can breathe easily.
By extracting excess moisture, dehumidifier use has also been proven to limit the growth of mould and mildew as well as create a less habitable environment for dust mites. Whilst dust mites are an unavoidable fixture in any property, using a dehumidifier will reduce the amount of dust mites and the nasty effects these little critters have on your respiratory system.
Do I need a dehumidifier?
A dehumidifier is a valuable purchase for any individual plighted with asthma or allergies, however, this gadget can also unlock a number of benefits for people from all walks of life, especially if your home is suffering from the following symptoms…
- Damp and mould growth: In homes affected by high humidity levels, damp patches and water staining will be visible on walls and ceilings. Peeling wallpaper and paint is another indicator that damp may be lurking beneath the surface.
- Musty odour: The musty and unpleasant smell of damp is a sign that cannot be missed or concealed. This will be particularly pungent in areas of poor ventilation.
- Condensation: Vapour and water beading on windows, doors and surfaces are common in many properties, however, this can also be a sign that your home is falling victim to excess moisture and dehumidification is needed.
- Damaged furnishings, fixtures and fittings: As well as damaging your home’s walls and ceilings, high humidity will also decay wooden furniture, flooring and window casements causing irreparable damage.
Other health benefits of dehumidifier use
As well as reducing the problematic symptoms of pesky allergies, especially in the warmer spring / summer months, home dehumidification can unlock a number of other health benefits for all the family.
The filtering action of the dehumidifiers works hard to not only reduce humidity but also expel cleaner and healthier air. Following dehumidification air will have a reduced level of mould spores giving your family cleaner air to breath. By eliminating high humidity you will also feel more comfortable in your home too thanks to reduced stuffiness. All in all the use of a dehumidifier will enhance the respiratory health of every family member, keeping air pollutants to a minimum and reducing the pesky illnesses and symptoms associated with poor air quality.
This post was written by the Air and Water Centre, a UK-based company that caters to residential and commercial properties around the world to improve air quality and limit excess moisture.