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Allergy Be Gone Newsletter - May, 2005

THIS ISSUE'S TOPICS:
  • Controlling humidity in your home
  • Dehumidifiers
  • How to choose a dehumidifier?
  • Humidity in Your Home

    A common summer complaint is: It's not the heat, it's the humidity. Too much moisture in the hot summer air can literally turn the area you live in into a steam bath. Respiratory problems, insomnia and fungal skin infections are just a part of health problems that can be caused by excess humidity.

    Another problem associated with high humidity is mold. While being unpleasant to look at, mold patches can also pose a serious threat to your health, especially if you have allergies or asthma. Mold spores become dormant or die when the relative humidity is low. Dust mites (another common cause for allergies and asthma) also die when the humidity stays below 50%.

    How can I control the humidity?

    While you cannot affect the humidity outdoors, you can control it within your home. Here's some advice on how to do this:

    How does a dehumidifier work?

    A dehumidifier extracts moisture from the air using a refrigeration system. The water that is removed from the air is collected in a tank. In some models the water can then be removed through a hose connected to the water drain in the kitchen or bathroom. Usually the water is drained downwards under its own weight (meaning that the dehumidifier must be located higher than where the water is drained to), but some models (like the
    DeLongi DE500P) include a pump system so that the water can be drained upwards.

    Most dehumidifiers work approximately within 64° - 90° F temperature limit and 40% - 95% relative humidity limit. Some function under temperatures as low as 44° F, which makes them perfect for basement use. Some of the DeLonghi models that we have in stock (ex. DeLonghi DE400) include this feature.

    Dehumidifiers are rated by the maximum amount of humidity that they will remove from the air in a 24 hour period. For example, a 40 pint dehumidifier is rated to remove 40 pints of moisture from the air in 24 hours.

    How to choose a dehumidifier?

    There are two general rules for this:
    • Know your area - Larger spaces need dehumidifiers with a larger capacity.
    • Know your humidity level - The more humid is your air, the more powerful dehumidifier you need.
    You can use the chart below as a quick reference. First, find the area you need to dehumidify in the top row. Next, find the relative humidity of the area in the leftmost column. The approximate dehumidifier capacity that you need would be in the cell on the intersection of the row and the column where your data is in.

     ROOM SIZE
    Small
    (up to 8' x 10')
    Medium
    (up to 15' x 15')
    Large
    (up to 20' x 20')
    Extra Large
    (up to 20' x 30')
    H
    U
    M
    I
    D
    I
    T
    Y
    Low
    (40% to 55%)
    30 pint*40 pint50 pint 65 pint
    Medium
    (55% to 65%)
    30 pint40 pint50 pint65 pint
    High
    (65% to 80%)
    40 pint50 pint65 pint65 pint
    Very High
    (80% to 95%)
    50 pint65 pint65 pint65 pint
    *A non-electric dehumidifier can be used if the room size is especially small.

    Also, if you are planning to use your dehumidifier in a basement, consider a pump model over a non-pump one. While a pump model may be more expensive, it is capable of emptying its tank by itself, saving you the trouble of running up and down the stairs carrying heavy tanks full of water and assures you the piece of mind while you're away from home.

    Please note that this table is only a rough estimate. If you have any doubts about which dehumidifier to choose, you can contact us toll-free at 1-866-234-6630, and our experts will help you figure it out.

     

    Best Humidity Control Products:

    Delonghi 40 pint Dehumidifier

    Delonghi 40 pint Dehumidifier
    Is your house too humid? This will solve your problem.

    Delonghi 50 pint Dehumidifier w/ Pump

    Delonghi 50 pint Dehumidifier w/ pump
    If this cannot handle the humidity in your basement, then what you need is a hand pump.

    Delonghi PAC-260 Pinguino Portable Air Condtioner

    Delonghi PAC-260 Pinguino Portable Air Condtioner
    Great for enclosed spaces with poor ventilation.

    Holmes Digital Hygrometer

    Holmes Digital Hygrometer
    Monitor your home's humidity level.

    Eva-Dry EDV300 Non-Electric Dehumidifier

    Eva-Dry EDV300 Non-Electric Dehumidifier
    Designed to absorb moisture from small enclosed areas.



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    We have a large selection of humidifiers and air purifiers to keep you healthy this winter!

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