Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers – How They Can Help Your Asthma and Allergies

Its in the middle of the winter and the humidity is 10% outside. You know that feeling of chapped lips and your sinuses are raw from being too dry. Your asthma and allergies are acting up because of the low level of moisture in the air. This is a common occurrence during the winter months because the dust and allergens in the air are being stirred up because of the low humidity. Dust and allergens tend to fall to the ground when the humidity is slightly higher and become airborne when this moisture is too low. This is when a humidifier come in handy to help raise the moisture level in the air to help your chapped lips, sinuses, asthma and allergies.

The next scenario is the summer time and you are stuffed up because the high humidity is causing mold to grow and the spores become airborne in the air around you. You do not get chapped lips, but you do get sinus problems because of the mold spores that are airborne, along with the pollen from the trees. Your asthma and allergies are bothering you again because of the high humidity. The dust and allergens are not as much a problem because the high moisture levels tend to keep it on the ground but the pollen is now aggravating you. Either summer or winter, the use of a humidifier or a dehumidifier will come in handy for you.

The use of both types of units will bring health benefits. A dehumidifier helps remove the excess humidity, thus not allowing the moisture from accumulating in your home. The other scenario, is when the humidifier adds moisture to the cool dry winter air by restoring moisture to your body. The most important thing about both units is to keep them clean to prevent algae, bacteria and mold from growing in them. Servicing them is important according to the manufacturers recommendations. The one thing to remember is that standing water will allow algae, bacteria and mold to grow if you do not take care of them on a monthly basis.

One last thing, watch these units for leaks, I had one client whose dehumidifier that leaked. The humidifier malfunctioned and it did not stop when the bucket was full. It leaked for one week without anyone noticing it. The end result was mold growth which really aggravated their asthma and allergies. The cost of the leak was approximately $2300. to remove the baseboards and drywall. This was an expensive mistake that could have been prevented

In conclusion, these units will help you in the summer and winter months by preventing either too low or high humidity. If you have children, keep them away from these units because of possible injury. Always inspect these units for possible leaks. Do not run them if you cannot check on them for leaks or malfunctioning. If you are concerned about your health, always consult with your Doctor before using these units.

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