High humidity can have many effects for you and your family. First of all, your home becomes terribly uncomfortable, then, your wall paint blisters and peels off. In addition, your wood furniture starts rotting. Eventually, your family members could suffer ill health.
One ignored-but-severe implication of high humidity levels is the increase of mold and dust mites. Dust mites could be microscopic creatures but they can greatly compromise our health. They may not sting but they promote severe allergic reactions. They can even trigger asthma.
Mold has almost similar effects, some of the signs that there’s mold in your home are family members suffering irritations, and it could be throat, eye or skin irritation. You could also experience wheezing and coughing especially with children.
So, how do we get rid of mold and dust mites? For you to get a lasting solution, it would be best to consult with us at Cool Bear Services to come and inspect your home.
Meanwhile, there are a few steps you can take to get rid of existing dust mites and mold or at least reduce their multiplication. Here are some.
- Keep your windows open on cool, dry days
- Try and avoid the use of curtains or even drapes
- Get rid of carpets and rugs and if you really have to keep them, vacuum clean efficiently. Use a central vacuum cleaner or one whose filter is highly efficient.
- Use a damp cloth to mop. This minimizes stirring up of dust while cleaning.
- If there are any leaks on the roofs and windows, this is the best time to urgently fix them.
- Ventilate the laundry, the shower, and the kitchen. These rooms contain a lot of moisture and are normally the first to accumulate mold.
- Use hot water to wash your beddings. You can do this once every week.
- If you have any plants inside the house, plants transpiration increases humidity; transfer them outside.
- Use a dehumidifier. A humidifier works as a compliment to your home’s cooling and heating system. It sucks the moist air, passes it through a cooler such that the moisture is condensed into water and finally channeled out to drain. It also sucks in dry air, passes it through warm coils in order to restore the preferred room temperature.
Eventually, you will need a thermostat. Even if you take the above control measures, you need a lasting solution. A thermostat will sense and control the temperature to maintain it at the desired level. Most thermostats have both automatic and manual options. You can switch the fan between “Auto” and “On”. EPA recommends maintaining a humidity of 50 degrees or lower.
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