Dust mites count on humidity in the basement to live, dehumidification can get rid of dust mites.
Problems with dust mites and other indoor allergens and pollutants are becoming more common in Ohio. Dust mites love warm, humid environments, like basements and crawl spaces, but keeping your home’s humidity level under 50 percent can help prevent a dust mite problem and reduce indoor allergy and asthma symptoms. Installing a basement or crawl space dehumidifier will help control the humidity and make your entire home healthier!
Contact Ohio Basement Systems today to request a free estimate on dehumidifier installation in Ohio.
Dust mites and your health
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 50% of all respiratory illnesses are caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) statistics show that the levels of many airborne pollutants are 2-5 times higher than the same levels outdoors. The bottom line? The EPA ranks indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks to public health, and dust mite allergies are among the leading causes of these problems.
Dust mites grow and spread at an alarming rate in every household – no matter how clean it is. Dust mites can grow from eggs to adults in a single month, and they begin to reproduce after only ten days, with females laying up to 2-3 eggs each day. They live 30-100 days, with females laying as many as 270 eggs before they die. According to National Wildlife Magazine, the waste they create continuously as they live counts for 80-90% of the allergic component of house dust.
Dust mites spread a wide variety of allergens into the home that will cause many health issues.
American Family Physician states that controlling dust mites is the most important thing you can do in your house to make your asthma and allergies better. Since this is the most common chronic disease among children, the problem is too important to pass by. Allergies generally develop from ages 6-26, with symptoms emerging late if the environment changes from one with few allergens to one with more.
Dust mite feces contains more than 15 potent allergens that sensitize and trigger allergic reactions in predisposed people. Approximately 10% of the general population and 90% of asthmatic patients are sensitive to dust mite feces allergies, and in many cases, asthma and dust mite allergies symptoms could be decreased or eliminated entirely by reducing exposure.
The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends removing carpet that’s been laid over concrete and reducing indoor humidity in the home and especially in the basement. All sources agree that if humidity is lowered below 60%, dust mites will no longer be able to absorb moisture from the air and will dehydrate. As they become unable able to thrive, and they will begin to grow dormant and die.
Prevent dust mite allergies in your home
If you want to help kill dust mites and work to eliminate the symptoms of dust mite exposure, you’re going to need a reliable basement dehumidifier. If you’re looking for a high-quality basement dehumidification system, there’s nothing in the industry as effective and efficient as the basement dehumidifier. Here are seven fantastic reasons to choose one:
A basement or crawl space dehumidifier can help remove dust mites and make your home healthier
- The dehumidifier can remove particles as small as two microns from the basement air. At this size, it’s effective enough to remove dust mite feces and most mold spores from the basement environment.
- This basement dehumidifier removes 100 pints of water from the basement with the same energy as some 40-pint models on the market.
- As the relative humidity lowers below 60%, most mold, mildew and dust mites will be eliminated.
- Unlike some basement dehumidifiers, the basement dehumidifier is able to drain itself automatically, saving the you from the continuous chore of emptying basement dehumidifier collection trays.
- Since dry air is much easier to heat and cool than damp, humid air, removing this moisture will make the entire home more energy-efficient.
- The dehumidifier can be ducted into other rooms, allowing a finished basement’s air to be clean and dry while the dehumidifier is securely tucked away and out of sight.
- An optional additional air filter available with the dehumidifier can remove odors and musty smells from the basement air.
Contact Ohio Basement Systems to learn how we can remove basement or crawl space mold and kill dust mites to make your whole home healthier and more comfortable. We’ll provide you with a free cost estimate on dehumidifier installation and any other basement or crawl space services you need.