Thursday, May 26th, 2016 by Holly Richards-Purpura
Take a deep, hearty breath of air. What is it that is filling your lungs? Is it clean and crisp air, or is it heavy with dampness and musty odors?
We need air to breathe and to exist, but we won’t lead fulfilling lives if there are unhealthy contaminants in this air. Allergens like dust mites, bacteria, mold and mildew are behind many common health issues. Exposure to these irritants, particularly mold, can aggravate conditions like asthma or allergies, and they can also cause them in previously healthy people.
Mold is a growing concern for homeowners, and basements and crawl spaces can be ideal places for mold to grow. Mold and mildew are musty smelling fungi that thrive in moist conditions. Generally, mold will not grow at less than 55% relative humidity. The fecal matter of dust mites – the No. 1 allergen – needs relative humidity over 60% to live.
Your basement and/or crawl space is part of the inside of a home as a whole. If high humidity and musty odors are present in these lower areas of the house, they will affect the upstairs environment and the rest of the home.
What’s the solution? How can you get rid of these household contaminants and create a healthier living environment? The best way is to purchase a dehumidifier, but not just any dehumidifier.
Conventional household dehumidifiers are fairly small, and their water collection trays or buckets must be emptied daily. These units can usually remove 30 to 40 pints of water per day. They also aren’t energy-efficient or powerful enough to dehumidify the entire basement or crawl space.
Ohio Basement Authority offers the perfect remedy – two models of the Dehumidifier. The upright model upright model is great for finished and unfinished basements, and the lower profile model is ideal for crawl spaces. Both models are powerful, yet energy-efficient, and are ENERGY STAR rated.
The units can simultaneously dehumidify and filter your home’s air, as well as remove more than 100 liters of water per day. The units drain automatically, so you will never have to empty another collection tray or bucket again! They are also compatible with and can be tied into our sump pump systems like the SafeDri Triple for basements and SafeDri Pro for crawl spaces.
Both models have a two-stage filter system to keep the air clean. A prefilter for large dust particles can be rinsed clean as needed, and a second slide-in filter that is easy to replace, removes particles as small as 2 Microns.
If you suffer with various respiratory conditions, have musty air, and your dehumidifier can’t keep up, call the experts at Ohio Basement Authority for a free, no obligation inspection! Our certified inspectors are eager to help you breathe easier and create a healthier home!