What thrives in a home with excess moisture?


Your Humid Basement May Not Be a Cool Place to Hangout

Your basement may be a good place to cool off during this heat wave but do you know who else is hanging out there? Continue reading this article for what you need to know about the health problem created by what’s living down there and the solution to eliminate the problem.

Dust Mites

Yes, dust mites naturally occur in all areas of the home— but if your home has a high humidity level …your home will have a higher concentration of these repulsive things! Not only will the sight of a dust mite totally gross you out, but these critters can affect your health and trigger allergic reaction and asthma in many people.

A Motivation to Clean

In addition to the dust mites thriving in humid air…according to the American Lung Association hundreds and thousands can live in your bedding, carpets, curtains, and mattress —the dust mites feed on the dead human skin cells found in dust. Although a dust mite looks like it could bite — they don’t! They create a harmful allergen that comes from their fecal pellets and body fragments.

According the American Lung Association there are 4 things you can do to reduce or eliminate the dust mites in your home:

  1. Reduce humidity — will minimize the growth of dust mites
  2. Reduce the places where dust mights can grow
  3. Replace carpets — or chemically clean
  4. Damp mop floors often — reduce the amount of dust you stir up into the air.

Controlling the Humidity

Even if you don’t have a finished basement controlling the humidity in your home is very important. Before your run to the store to purchase a portable dehumidifier request a free consult with an M.E. Flow certified Aprilaire specialist. Your specialist can measure the level of humidity in your home and help you correct it. We install professional grade whole home dehumidification systems that will help you control the humidity levels throughout your home. Purchase a made in the USA Aprilaire Dehumidifier from M.E. Flow today!

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