Seasonal allergies in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas are no joke. In fact, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Wichita, Omaha, Kansas City and Des Moines, all ranked in the top 100 of the worst cities for asthma and allergy sufferers in 2019.
There’s not much we can do to control the outdoor environment, but we can take control of our indoor air quality. Sometimes it’s as easy as ensuring the proper level of humidity in our home. Did you know that keeping the humidity level in your home below 60%, significantly reduces the ability for allergens and mold to survive?
With most of the factors outside the home, out of our control, what can you do to combat allergens, inside your home?
One of the biggest contributors to allergy and asthma symptoms is mold. Mold spores spread through the air and can increase the severity of allergy symptoms in addition to causing health issues of their own. Mold can only survive in a moist environment, so one of the easiest ways to protect against mold growth and mold spores is to install a home dehumidifier. Keeping the humidity levels in your home below 60% will halt and current mold growth and prevent any new mold growth from taking place.
Like mold, dust mites are major contributors to asthma and allergy problems. The real problem with dust mites is their waste, which creates negative skin reactivity for 90% of patients according to American Family Physician. When paired with the fact that a single female dust mite can lay upwards of 250 eggs during its lifespan, it’s easy to see how those with asthma and allergies can quickly have issues with an excess of dust mites in your home. Again, a whole-home dehumidifier can be extremely helpful in reducing dust mite populations and filtering them out of your home’s breathable air.
The key to controlling allergies is to control the moisture level in your home. Home dehumidifiers for your basement or crawl space are designed to ensure that the humidity level in your home stays below 60%, which significantly reduces the ability for allergens and mold to survive. Home dehumidifiers also filter the air circulating in your basement or crawl space to help remove any dust mites or other allergens that may sneak in through open windows, access openings or improperly sealed gaps in your foundation.
To find out more about how Thrasher can help protect you, your home and your family against asthma and allergy irritants, call us today at 800.827.0702 or submit your information here for a free dehumidifier system inspection and estimate.