As the importance of indoor air quality become more widely known, there has been a increase in the number of whole house dehumidifiers sold each year.
As of 2011, one out of every ten homes was operating a whole house dehumidifier and the numbers continue to grow. What everyone else seems to know that you may have missed is that taking the moisture out of the air inside of your home benefits the health of its occupants. An acceptable rate of humidity inside of the home falls between 30% and 50%. Staying inside of these parameters has shown the best results in reducing pollutants and allergens in the air. For people who suffer from upper respiratory ailments such as asthma, pulling the moisture out of the inside air goes a long way in helping them remain healthy and improve their quality of life.
The Growth of Mold and Spores
With the trend towards making a home air tight continuing, there has been an increase in concern about the air quality inside of these bubbles. With little opportunity for fresh air to be circulated into the home it was noticed that the growth of mold and spores was becoming rampant. These are well known allergens that if allowed to grow and thrive inside of these closed conditions will contaminate your breathing air.
These types of pollutants thrive under dark and moist conditions. By pulling the moisture out of the air with a whole house dehumidifier, you are taking away one of their lifelines. In doing so, you are able to reduce their presence inside of your home, making way for a better breathing environment.
Reducing Asthma Attacks
Once you are able to control that growth, you may see a marked improvement in your health as well as the health of your family. These types of contaminants will usually cause upper respiratory distress that leads to infections. This is especially dangerous for people already suffering from asthma or other forms of lung diseases. You may see a significant decrease in the number of asthma attacks suffered by yourself or a family member once a whole house dehumidifier has been added to your existing HVAC system.
Installing a Whole House Dehumidifier
There is another benefit of installing a whole house dehumidifier. They are added to the HVAC system you already have, taking advantage of its ductwork to work on pulling moisture from the air in every room. You can even control its operation in the same manner in which you control the workings of your furnace and air conditioning unit.
There is good reason for the increase in sales of the whole house dehumidifier that you should consider if colds and flus have taken over your household. Get in touch with Engineered Solutions at (314) 394-0802 today to see if one can be installed in your home.
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