Is your Home in Need of a Dehumidifier?
Does your bread seem to go bad before its expiration date? Do your hands often feel clammy? Do you notice a musty smell in your home? These are all signs of high humidity and that it’s time to invest in a dehumidifier.
A home dehumidifier pulls humid air through the intake vent, removes moisture from the air, then exhausts dry air back into the room. It works similarly to an air conditioner, except that the air doesn’t come out colder than it went in.
In addition to remedying the problems outlined above, a dehumidifier offers many benefits to you and your home – check out some of them below!
Helps with Allergies
Many allergens and allergy triggers, such as dust mites, mold, and mildew, favour humid environments. Rooms where water is used or that contain poor air circulation, like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements, may be especially prone to harbouring allergy-causing substances, which can spread throughout a house. A dehumidifier can help decrease the moisture that supports allergen growth, improving air quality, and helping to prevent some types of bacteria and virus growth as well.
Reduces Pest Related Problems
Allergens aren’t the only unwelcome things that like humidity. Many pests, such as spiders and roaches, gravitate to moist environments. If you’ve noticed some creepy crawly guests sharing your space, a dehumidifier may help discourage their visits. Pay attention to the rooms where you spot the most pest activity, and if they are rooms where water is present or humidity is high, you may have found the root of the problem.
Controls Moisture Levels
High levels of moisture in a home can cause structural problems over time. Condensation can build up, causing mildew and mold to form, as well as warping and deterioration. Even furniture can be damaged from long-term humidity and high moisture. Ironically, homes that are well-sealed for energy efficiency can have some of the worst problems because of decreased air circulation. If you notice paint or wallpaper peeling, unusual stains, or a musty or moldy odor, you may need a dehumidifier to help prevent additional damage.
Homes with proper humidity levels are generally more comfortable, which can be especially noticeable in tropical or muggy climates. The indoor air quality is usually improved, and the air stays cooler when a dehumidifier is in use.
Reduces Energy Costs
Another benefit of a dehumidifier is that may help control energy costs by helping your air conditioner work more efficiently. Because a dehumidifier works to remove moisture from the air, it means your air conditioner likely doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature, saving energy use as well as wear and tear on your cooling equipment. ENERGY STAR-certified dehumidifiers offer even more savings because they use 15 percent less energy to run.
Make the Right Choice
A dehumidifier’s size is determined by its total capacity to remove moisture within a 24 hour period. By knowing the square footage and the relative moisture level of the area you would like to dehumidify, you can get an idea of the capacity you may need.
Improve the health and comfort of your home today with a Danby dehumidifier.
Original blog content can be found on American Home Shield’s website here!