Keeping humidity levels in check is a priority this summer
The summer season poses many threats to allergy sufferers both in and outside of the home. But as humid weather and the wrath of hurricane season pummels the nation, even non-allergy sufferers are at risk of respiratory issues because of hazards inside their own houses.
Mold in basements and throughout the home can develop if they aren't properly ventilated and humidity levels aren't kept in check. Consumer reports has done a study to determine what kinds of dehumidifiers are the best for helping keep homes fresh this season.
"We found large-capacity dehumidifiers are generally more energy efficient and will cost you less per pint of water removed," Dan DiClerico, a product tester for the source, said in the study.
When discussing their size, the report showed that the largest and most intrusive dehumidifiers aren't necessarily the most effective as smaller models exist that have very high capacity.
Based on the information from the Consumer Reports piece, WRAL, a North Carolina CBS affiliate, conducted research to determine which dehumidifiers are best at taking mold out of basements. In North Carolina and other coastal states, hurricane season regularly causes flooding and water damage that if left untreated could spur the development of harmful mold.
For allergy and asthma sufferers, they should seek out dehumidifiers that keep humidity levels between 40 to 50 percent indoors to prevent mold and keep breathing comfortable according to the news source. Non-allergy sufferers can breathe easiest with humidity levels ranging from 30 to 60 percent while still keeping mold at bay.
Studies have found that many molds have the potential to cause asthma and other respiratory problems in young children as well as other health issues. Consumer reports ranks high capacity dehumidifiers like the 70 pint Frigidaire Dehumidifier as best buys for consumers during this muggy summer season.