Using a dehumidifier can make your home a lot healthier as well as more comfortable.
As with most things, maintaining the right humidity is a balancing act, and — in this case – a balancing act that is critical to your health. If you find that your environment’s humidity balance is too dry, a humidifier may be the answer. If your environment is leaning towards being too damp, you may need one of the best dehumidifiers for your home.
We are all creatures of our environment, and the state of our health is especially connected to it. Consider the effect just the humidity can have on you: If you spend your time in an environment with unacceptably low humidity, you may find yourself experiencing dry, itchy even cracked skin; sore throat; nose bleeds; possibly certain viral infections. If your environment tends to be overly humid, on the other hand, you can experience fatigue; cramping muscles; respiratory difficulties; headaches; chronic cough; rashes; or watery, uncomfortable eyes, and infection to name a few of the symptoms found in high humidity.
I’ll leave the discussion of low humidity’s effects and solutions for someone else, but one of the primary reasons why high humidity can make you miserable is mold. Mold likes it damp.
Most of us have observed the effects of molds like mildew. It thrives in moist areas like showers and leaves an ugly black coating on the surfaces where it thrives.
But mold can be more than unsightly. To those who are sensitive to them, molds can cause nasal congestion, eye irritation, and skin irritations. Severe reactions to mold can even include fever and respiratory difficulties like asthma. And there are certain molds that produce toxins that can actually result in poisoning.
Protect Your Home and Family
So what can you do to protect yourself and your family? Here a few ideas.
You can fight existing mold by cleaning; many people use specialized cleaners for this, but others find detergent works just as well. If the area to be cleaned is larger than 10 square feet, consider hiring a professional to inspect and handle the job.
Check your heating/ventilation/air conditioning system (HVAC) and be sure that it is cleaned regularly. Repair plumbing leaks and fix any other water problems you may have. Avoid dust-gathering clutter that can hide mold while it gets a foothold. And check porous materials like carpet and ceiling tiles. Mold loves porous materials, and if it’s been living on any in your house, you may just have to throw them away.
Prevention with a Dehumidifier is the Best Medicine
And last but not least, wherever possible prevent mold. Clean and dry leaks or spills quickly, keep air conditioning drip pans and drain lines clean, and vent appliances that produce moisture to the outside where you can. Be sure your home is well ventilated and maintain good air flow. And, finally, keep the relative humidity at an “unfriendly” — for mold!