The word humidity often conjures up an image of rainforests swathed in gently rising steam, but your home doesn’t need to feel like the tropics in order to benefit from a dehumidifier. In fact, it’s one of the best things you can buy to defend your family from airborne germs.
The kids may behave like little monkeys but they’re not the only thing turning your home into a jungle. In reality, there are many invisible animals and plants living in your home and many of them thrive on humidity. Here are the top two criminal flora and fauna that are creating their own ecosystem in your home:
1. Dust mites
Dust mites are in every home, no matter how clean it is. They’re microscopic and hide away in everything from carpets and sofas to beds. Don’t call the extermination team just yet! These little critters aren’t dangerous; however, they do tend to trigger dust allergies and can inflame existing asthmatic conditions. Dust mites prefer humid environments so you can stop these pesky creatures from getting out of control by purchasing a dehumidifier.
2. Mould and mildew
The bane of the bathroom tiles, this unpleasant pair absolutely love a good bit of steam. Apart from being an unwelcome eyesore, they also pose a threat to your family’s health. Well known for aggravating coughs and colds, these are plants that not many people choose to live with. Whether your kids are battling their first school cold, winter sniffles or Fresher’s flu, you can create a healthy environment for them to come home to that will speed up their recovery. A dehumidifier will deprive mould and mildew of the moisture they need to survive and will help reduce their presence in your home.
Many of us aren’t aware of the amount of moisture we create in day to day life. Steam from cooking and showering are the obvious culprits but cleaning sprays and damp washing also release water into the air. Outdoor air that gets pulled into the house through doors and windows can also add to the humidity level in your home, especially on rainy days.
A good dehumidifier will draw in airborne moisture and lock it inside a container until you are ready to dispose of it. Spores and dust get mixed up in moisture and are also trapped by this helpful technology. So what are you waiting for? Get rid of the hidden jungle in your home!