Although it is likely that your basement does not look like this picture, a seemingly harmless mark on the wall could easily grow to this untreated. With proper humidity and temperature control, harmful mold can be avoided! The Seattle Air Conditioning in Bellevue, Seattle, Everett, Lynnwood, Washington have an App for That! Why not eliminate the possibility of toxic mold and other allergens in your home before they begin?
By taking the proper steps with your home’s environmental controls via air conditioning/heating and humidity control, many allergy related ailments can be virtually eliminated! Take control of your life by making your home as hypo-allergenic as possible.
Maintain Ideal Humidity
With the purchase of a humidity gauge (available at most hardware stores), you can monitor the moisture content of the air in your home. Moisture levels in excess of 50% provide the perfect breeding ground for:
- Dust Mites
An ideal moisture content of 40% will reduce the incidence of these critters. Proper dehumidification can be accomplished with air conditioning and de-humidifiers in summer months. Should the moisture content of your home’s air drop below 20% in the winter months, consider the addition of a humidifier to avoid cracked lips and parched sinuses.
While most folks equate air conditioning with cold air, the fact of the matter is that any air that is manipulated is conditioned – whether by heat or cold. By maintaining ideal temperature throughout the year. For purposes of this article, we will assume that air conditioning is referring to cold air. In addition to cooling hot summer temperatures, air conditioners also dehumidify your home’s air. Because the cooled air passes through an air filter, many pollens and other allergens are eliminated from the air in your home; making it a respite for the allergy sufferer.
Proper care and maintenance will assure that your air conditioning system (whether central or window units) will remain efficient and effective. Cleaning or replacement of filters is a must on a regular basis.
- Generally, you should check the air filters every month and replace as necessary. Never go more than 3 months without replacing a filter!
- Electrostatic filters should be cleaned on a regular basis
- To eliminate mold growth in air conditioning ductwork, allow the fan to run at least 30 minutes after the unit has shut off to dry any remaining moisture from condensation
- If you have the option to recirculate the cooled air through your home – exercise the option! By reducing the continuous pull of fresh pollen-laden air into your home, your allergic reaction will be greatly reduced.
Often used in conjunction with air conditioners, dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air by cooling it, collecting the condensate. Most portable dehumidifiers offer the option of connecting a garden hose for continuous draining. Otherwise, you must monitor the condensate bucket and empty when full.
Like any piece of equipment, your dehumidifier must be properly maintained. Regular cleaning is necessary to prevent mold growth. Portable dehumidifiers are perfect for small enclosed spaces like closets or small rooms.
For extremely confined areas, such as an armoire, the better choice for dehumidification is a desiccant. The chemical compounds wick moisture into the flakes or cartridge quite effectively – although it is crucial that you keep the desiccant out of the reach of children and pets!!!
The experts for air conditioning in Bellevue, Seattle, Everett, Lynnwood, Washington at Complete Mechanical are fully certified to inspect your home’s air conditioning system(s) and to recommend any upgrades/changes to insure that your home is as hypo-allergenic as possible. Don’t forget your annual inspection/service/maintenance – there’s an app for that as well! Regular inspection will assure that your home will remain comfortable and mold/dust mite/pollen free (well, almost).