Signs You Need a Dehumidifier
Do you have some of the obvious signs of high humidity in your home? You may want to consider a dehumidifier if you experience the following:
- Must or mildew smells
- Small black spots growing on the walls or in areas with high humidity, such as the bathtub or shower
- Water stains on the walls or ceilings of your home
- Frequent condensation on the windows in certain areas of your home
- High humidity rooms with poor ventilation or no ventilation
If you live in an apartment building, allergens from other parts of your building can affect you, even if you keep your living area clean. Mold and mildew spores can travel through ventilation systems, and can build up in the walls between apartments. Consider a dehumidifier to keep these pollutants out of your air.
Benefits of a Dehumidifier
There are many benefits to having a dehumidifier. It can affect your health by helping to remove potentially dangerous pollutants in the air that can affect family and pets. Here are 5 ways dehumidifiers can benefit your home:
- Preventing mold. If you see mold growing inside your home, or you or a family member have frequent asthma attacks, you should strongly consider getting a dehumidifier for your home. Damp or moist air is an ideal environment for mold to grow. A dehumidifier can remove the extra moisture in the air while preventing new mold from growing.
- Improving the air quality of your home. An air purifier is the most effective way to clear the air in your home or substances that may be harmful, however a dehumidifier can also play an important role in the quality of your indoor air. Air quality can be measured not only in the amount of toxins you may be breathing in, but also by the air’s humidity level.
- Removing musty odors. Mold and mildew often give off a musty smell. Because mold and mildew thrive on moisture, you may find it in areas like basements and garages when windows are not sealed correctly or there is seepage from ground water. A dehumidifier makes the environment less friendly to mold and mildew, and as a result, removes musty odors from your home.
- Preventing allergies. Too much moisture in your indoor air can facilitate the growth and spread of airborne allergens like dust mites and mold spores. If you notice significant trouble with your allergies, it could very well be due to your home’s indoor air quality. Allergy sufferers can be even more susceptible to indoor allergens than outdoor allergens, which makes it even more important to make sure you’re breathing clean air inside your home.
- Home comfort. Water in the air in your home makes your indoor temperature feel warmer than it really is. When you use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air, you will feel more comfortable without having to crank up your air conditioner, even during the warmest times of the year. Raising the temperature on your thermostat can make your home more energy-efficient, saving you money as well!
Types of Dehumidifiers
Different spaces and humidity levels call for different types of dehumidifiers. There are several options to choose from. Small capacity dehumidifiers are good for a small room in the home. Large capacity models work well in larger areas of the home such as basements, large open rooms, or even an apartment. Whole-house dehumidifiers are also available and helpful for people who live in places where there is high humidity during the warm months. People who suffer from significant allergies can also benefit from a whole-house dehumidifier.
Refrigerator Style Dehumidifiers
A refrigerator style dehumidifier removes moisture by cooling the air using a set of coils. Air is pulled into the unit through an intake and passes through a filter to remove particles of dust, dirt, and allergens that can be bothersome or detrimental to health. A fan pushes the air over the coils that cool the air. This makes the moisture in the air inside the dehumidifier condense and collect into a water collection tank. Once moisture has been collected, the cooled dry air is blown back into the space by a fan.
You’re probably familiar with the typical portable dehumidifier. These are commonly found in home improvement stores and are relatively inexpensive and lightweight. They are easy to transport from one room to another or even to a new location. Portable dehumidifiers are often framed in plastic to reduce their weight or material. They can last a long time with proper care, however, they aren’t as sturdy as a whole house or an industrial unit.
Whole House Dehumidifiers
A whole house dehumidifier is a fixed unit that requires installation by a professional. These units are more expensive than portable units but clear the entire home of excess humidity. Similar to an air conditioner, the whole house dehumidifier is a centralized unit connected to the duct work that is already installed for central air and heating purposes.
Heat Pump Dehumidifiers
One of the most common types of whole house dehumidifier is a heat pump unit. Like a refrigerator style dehumidifier, a heat pump dehumidifier uses a fan to pull moist air into the unit and across a cold coil. The condensed water collects in a tank or bucket and is then drained through a hose.