Humidity and condensation can pose a threat to your family’s health and wellbeing. Continuous moist conditions creates opportunity for mould growth. It doesn’t take long for mould to thrive in moist humid conditions and it will
only get worse unless you Act Now!
Mould is a living organism that thrives in warm humid and damp conditions. Not all bad but injested it can cause some harmful affect…
It is not uncommon for some people to experience an allergy for all of summer if it is caused by an outdoor mould or even through the entire year if it is caused by an indoor mould. There are also cases when the mould spores deposit in the lining of the nose and can cause irritation. When this happens, it is possible for the person to experience symptoms of hay fever. If the mould spores reach the lungs, or worse, it can develop into an illness called bronchopulmonary aspergillosis.
Excess moisture can also aggravate conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism (especially in colder damp areas).
As this dehumidifier helps prevent your home from mould, mildew and unwanted dampness, it will make your home feel warmer and dryer every day.
Help to prevent the perfect breeding ground of dust mites by reducing the R/H level in your home to below 65% with your SUKI dehumidifier.
Reducing dampness with a dehumidifier can help reduce allergies and asthma.
Dust mites thrive in damp conditions, and their faeces are known to be a leading asthma-causing allergen. Mould spores can also cause allergic reactions, and mould loves the damp.
If you want to use a dehumidifier to help control moisture for health reasons:
- Chose our Suki model that has a high rate of water removal, and which allows you to set specific humidity levels using a display. This type is much more convenient when trying to set for low humidity levels.
- Keep your house warm, as dehumidifiers work better when it’s warmer, and the relative humidity drops as temperature rises.
- Do everything you can to limit the amount of moisture in the air (see “Condensation control” below).
As for dust mites, the best way to reduce your exposure to them is to wrap bedding and mattresses in special covers, and vacuum regularly, using a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Keep rooms ventilated and warm during winter – at least 7°C warmer than outside temperatures. Install heavy curtains and draw them at night: it helps keep the home warm and reduces the number of cool surfaces for water vapour to condense on. Leave windows closed on damp days.
- Always use close fitting lids on pots when cooking and fit extractor fans over the cooktop or stove, and in the bathroom (these must be ducted to the outside).
- Dehumidifiers have often been teamed with unflued LPG heaters. One spews out moisture (and other contaminants) while the second mops up the moisture. No, no, no. It’s not the dehumidifier that’s the problem here – it’s the unflued LPG heater. Their exposed flame is a fire risk and they fill the house with water and other harmful contaminants. Don’t use them. Use cheaper to run and safer electric heaters
- Use a cupboard heater in problem wardrobes. A ventilation grille in the top of the wardrobe will also help.
- Vent clothes dryer to the outside and don’t hang clothes inside to dry. Close doors when cooking, showering or using the dryer, to limit the spread of moist air.
- Limit the number and size of pot plants in the house.
- Check the ground under your house is dry. If it’s wet, cover with polythene (if feasible), taping the joints, and ensuring a tight fit around piles. Check that drainage systems are diverting water away.
- Fix any leaks in the roof or around windows.