May is the peak of spring allergy season and it also marks an important event, National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. This month is a great time to educate yourself on the best ways to relieve your symptoms and eliminate common triggers from your home. You probably already know that HEPA air purifiers and HEPA vacuums remove sniffle-causing allergens in your space. Did you also know that portable dehumidifiers can help you conquer your symptoms even further? The key is controlling your humidity.
Here are 3 ways these popular basement appliances keep your symptoms in check.
- Dehumidifiers stop mold growth.
- Dehumidifiers eliminate dust mites.
- Dehumidify your crawl space for an allergen-free home.
Damp, humid air in your home (above 50% humidity) creates the ideal environment for mold to grow and thrive. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, mold can trigger the same symptoms as outdoor pollen. Using a dehumidifier stops mold growth by reducing the moisture content of your air and keeping your home’s overall humidity under control. To eliminate and prevent mold indoors, use your dehumidifier to maintain a humidity level between 45 and 50%.
Dust mites are microscopic creatures that feed off dead skin cells and prefer the comfortable confines of your mattress, bedding, and upholstery. These little symptom triggers reproduce rapidly in warm, humid environments and are among the most common indoor allergy and asthma triggers. Keeping your home’s humidity below 50% with your dehumidifier ensures these creatures don’t survive. Once your humidity is under control, wash your bedding in hot water once a week and vacuum your mattress and upholstery regularly to get rid of their residue.
Think your most humidity-ridden spot is in your bathroom or kitchen? It could be. But don’t forget about your crawl space. Did you know that as much as 50% of the air in your home travels up from your crawl space? Air in crawl spaces almost always has a higher humidity level than the air in your home. If your crawl space is too humid, the air traveling up into your rooms may be infested with mold spores, dust mites, and immunity-compromising bacteria. A crawl space dehumidifier keeps this vulnerable space healthy so your entire home reaps the benefits.
To take the guesswork out of decoding your humidity level, shop for a dehumidifier that has humidistat that continuously measures the humidity in your air. These models will adjust dehumidifying speed based on the humidistat reading to maintain a healthy level.
Alternatively, you can use a hygrometer to monitor your humidity level, so you’ll know if you should run your dehumidifier more or less often.
For more tips on how using a dehumidifier helps you manage your symptoms, check out our article Dehumidifiers and Allergies.