Take a deep breath. What is filling your lungs? Is it clean and crisp air, or is it heavy with dampness and musty odors?
Allergens like dust mites, bacteria, mold and mildew are behind many common health issues. Exposure to these irritants, particularly mold, in the air 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.
A Dehumidifier May Be What Your Home Needs
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 dehumidifiers simultaneously dehumidify and filter your home’s air, as well as remove more than 100 liters of water per day. It drains 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.
Our dehumidifier has 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!