8 Helpful Tricks to Protect Your Health and Home
Excessive humidity not only makes people incredibly uncomfortable, but also causes damage to your home and furnishings and promotes the growth of mold and dust mites. Home dehumidifiers are the perfect solution for excess household moisture. Here are eight ways you can protect your home and your health by using a dehumidifier.
1) Save Energy
Sometimes it's not the heat, it's the humidity. When the relative humidity rises along with the temperature, the moisture clings to your skin and makes it harder for your body to dissipate heat. Turn on your home dehumidifier in order to remove excess moisture from the air. You'll feel cooler naturally, and you can raise the thermostat on your air conditioner to save energy.
Once you reduce the moisture in the air, you can set your air conditioner to 78 degrees or above, and use fans to further maximize savings on your energy bills.
2) Prevent Mold Growth
A high concentration of mold in the home can lead to allergies, asthma and other serious health complications for you and your family. Once established, mold infestation requires professional - and costly - attention to remove. But it is possible to minimize the risk of mold in your home with a dehumidifier.
Mold needs moisture to grow, so reducing the amount of moisture in your home helps prevent mold from spreading. Use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity level in your home between 40% and 60%, particularly in areas prone to dampness such as basements.
3) Inhibit Dust Mite Development
Dust mites thrive when humidity in your home is high, so it's important to keep your humidity levels below 50% with a home dehumidifier, especially if you or a family member has dust allergies. Dust mites grow best when the humidity is between 75 and 80% and can't live with humidity below 50%.
4) Filter the Air
Many home dehumidifiers feature air purification technologies. When they circulate the air they not only remove excess moisture, they filter out allergens - pollen, dust, mold spores - that you would otherwise breathe into your lungs. By breathing purer air, you'll improve your health overall.
5) Protect Pianos
Pianos are sensitive to the changes in humidity. When the humidity is too high, the keys may stick or become sluggish, and the strings and tuning pins can rust. An ideal humidity range for pianos is 35-55%.
6) Dry Out Hearing Aids
Hearing aids shouldn't ever get wet, so avoid showering, bathing, swimming, and saunas while they're in use. If hearing aids do get wet, they shouldn't ever be placed in direct heat such as a microwave or conventional oven. You can let them dry out naturally, or attempt to dry them with a hair dryer from a safe distance. Home dehumidifiers do a great job drying out hearing aids - just place them nearby for fast drying times!
7) Inhibit Insects
Insects such as cockroaches, water bugs and termites thrive in warm, humid environments. As well as being a nuisance, insects can pass on disease. Reducing the humidity with a home dehumidifier makes your home a much less hospitable place for insects to live.
8) Keep Computers Safe
Excessive humidity levels can cause the internal components of PCs to rust and degrade some of their essential properties. High humidity levels can even cause computers to short-circuit, resulting in the loss of data or physical damage to system components. Regulating the humidity levels in a humid room where computer equipment is used is sometimes necessary.
These are just a few of the benefits that come from keeping the humidity in your home controlled with a dehumidifier. Comfort, health and home security - what else could you ask for? Don't wait to start protecting your home and your health. Check out our selection of home dehumidifiers today!
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