For damp musty homes, or those affected by floods or leaks, investing in a home dehumidifier could be the key to boosting the health of your household.
According to a survey recently conducted by Mitsubishi Electric’s Healthy Home Trends, almost six million Aussies are currently living with mould in their home, with one in five respondents saying that they have mould in at least one room.
In addition, the Healthy Home Trends report estimated that over three billion dollars worth of household items were ruined in the last year alone because of dampness or mould. This breaks down to an average of $427 in clothing, shoes and other items per person, resulting in eye watering out of pocket costs that many Australian households have been forced to bear.
Given the torrential rain and high humidity that large portions of Queensland and New South Wales have spent the year grappling with, these figures shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. While some are opting to risk it with corrosive inhalants like bleach, others are turning to natural mould removers like baking soda and vinegar – but what if there was another way?
Why You Should Invest In A Home Dehumidifier
By definition, humidity is the concentration of water vapour present in the air. Water vapour, or the gaseous state of water, is generally invisible to the human eye, so keeping the right levels in check is often easier said than done.
The humidity in most homes is between 30% and 50%. If humidity levels are below 30%, a humidifier is needed. As these devices add moisture to the air when it’s too dry, most people use humidifiers in the wintertime to combat the dryness of winter air and alleviate symptoms such as dry itchy eyes, dry skin, and chapped lips.
In contrast, if your home is above 50% humidity then a dehumidifier is needed. The appliance works by extracting water from the air, and if a person has allergies or lives in a humid climate, a good dehumidifier can be a gamechanger.
If there’s too much water in the air, your home could be a breeding ground for mould and dust mites, which can trigger asthma and a wide range of other health and respiratory problems. In addition, damp conditions create the perfect environment for mould to thrive in. While mould accumulates in damp and poorly ventilated buildings, inhaling mould fragments or spores can inflame the airways, causing nasal congestion, wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and throat irritation.
However, it’s not just humans that are affected by the water vapour levels in the air, as humidity can also impact pest control. Carpenter ants, wood-destroying beetles, and termites are attracted to moisture, and moist air makes it easier for houseplants to become infected with diseases. Although these types of issues were once exclusive to the more tropical parts of Queensland, large dumps of rain for months on end has seen a growing number of Australians turn to a home dehumidifier to find some relief.
A home dehumidifier works by drawing warm air currents into its coils via a fan. The warm air contracts as it’s fed through the refrigerated coils of the machine, and condensation is left inside the dehumidifier. As this condensation collects, one droplet of water at a time, it falls into a storage tank attached to the dehumidifier. Cooler, drier air is then released back into your home through the other side of the machine.
Ultimately, a healthy lifestyle is not just about how we look after our physical bodies, but how we maintain our living environments as well. Once you’ve managed to tackle mould through the use of a home dehumidifier, it makes sense to try and keep your home sparkling clean in the long term.
As such, partnering with a reputable housekeeper to take care of cleaning your home not only frees up more time to spend doing the things that you love, but leaving it to the professionals also guarantees a job well done – but where do you find one?
Meet The Chemical Free Cleaning Angels At Goodwings
We all know that good help can be hard to find, particularly when it comes to finding a reliable housekeeper that you can trust. Offering four to six hour cleaning packages, just a handful of the services on offer with the Cleaning Angels at Goodwings include bed linen changes, washing, and topping up everyday household goods like washing powder, shampoos, toilet paper and much more.
Given the fact that eco-friendly cleaning agents have been demonstrated to be just as effective at tackling various chores as traditional cleaning products, the weekly or fortnightly packages on offer through Goodwings enable Queenslanders to continue on with a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing the cleanliness of their homes.
To find out more about the services on offer with us at Goodwings, get in touch to discuss how we can provide your household with world class cleaning solutions.