Rashes, watery eyes, wheezing, and sneezing—these are just some of the common symptoms of an allergy attack. The causes and severity of these attacks vary from person to person. Experiencing these symptoms can be very uncomfortable. If left untreated, an allergy attack can trigger asthma, which makes it difficult for the person to breathe. In some cases, this can even be fatal.
One common culprit for these attacks is the formation of molds in one’s home. Molds and mildew are allergens that can trigger an allergic reaction. Unlike pollen, molds and mildew are not seasonal—they can form at any time, given the apt environment for them to grow. Dark, damp places with high temperatures and high relative humidity are ideal conditions for these fungi. Even if the basic living quarters in a person’s home show no signs of molds present, this does not mean that the house is free of these allergens.
Molds can easily form in humid basements, and its detrimental effects are carried by the poor air quality circulating in one’s home. A basement dehumidifier can be installed in order to have better air quality and make the basement less humid.
What a dehumidifier basically does is it controls the humidity in the basement. The ideal relative humidity at home should be at 30-50%. If left without a basement dehumidifier, the levels could reach up to 75-80%, even higher during the summer season and rainy days. A dehumidifier can be set to adjust the moisture levels. Remember, higher humidity houses more molds, while lowering the humidity at the ideal level significantly eliminates them.
Another way a basement dehumidifier prevents asthma and allergies is by making the air “thinner”. Humid air gives a heavy feeling that causes asthmatic people to struggle with breathing. It should be noted that places with high humidity may also have higher temperatures. These two cause a heightened need for more oxygen. This gives the asthma and allergy sufferer much more difficulty breathing. A basement dehumidifier can easily fix this by providing better air circulation.
For allergy and asthma sufferers, doctors strongly suggest getting rid of the allergens present at home. Prescribing medications can help alleviate the symptoms, but the attacks will keep returning if people are exposed to allergens all the time. This is why a basement dehumidifier is recommended, since it contributes to the quick remedy of the attacks.
It is however important to note that having a basement dehumidifier is not the permanent and final solution for asthma and allergy attacks. A dehumidifier can only eliminate allergens in so far as reducing areas and conditions in which they may dwell upon. A basement dehumidifier is not enough. Further home improvements are necessary to combat future allergy and asthma attacks.