Cleaning the house on a regular basis may not be enough to protect the family from allergens and viruses. Ensuring good indoor air quality is also essential in providing a healthy environment. Home appliances like an air purifier and dehumidifier are some of the tools that can be used to accomplish this task.
Humidity level is one of the factors considered in determining indoor air quality. High levels of humidity can lead to growth of molds and mildew around the house. Moist air can also be conducive for the survival of bacteria and viruses that may cause respiratory infection. Dust mites and other allergens can also be a problem in a humid house. According to an article published in PubMed Central, maintaining indoor humidity levels at 40% to 60% can help minimize most of the ill effects on health that may be caused by relative indoor humidity.
A dehumidifier can help reduce the level of humidity around the house during summer months when humidity levels gets too high. They are usually installed in bedrooms or areas that are prone to dampness like storage, garage, or cupboard areas. If you have asthmatic or allergy prone kids, then a combination of air purifier and dehumidifier can be an option to consider. This can help ensure that the air your family breathe around the house is both clean and healthy.
Regulating the humidity levels around the house can reduce the risk of having allergens, bacteria, and viruses in the environment. However, if they are not used properly then they can also be tools for spreading these health nuances. Always check humidity levels to make sure that they are at just the right levels. High humidity may cause illnesses like cough and flu from viruses while low humidity may cause dryness around the nose or dry sinuses, cracked lips, and nose bleeds. Follow cleaning and maintenance instructions to the dot to ensure that the dehumidifier is running efficiently. They can also be breeding grounds for molds, mildew, and bacteria if they are not cleaned properly and regularly.
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