A variety of common complaints about living areas, garages, basements, and even closets can be directly attributed to high humidity. A dehumidifier may be the simple solution you are looking for. Many people don’t realize humidity is their issue because the air “feels” dry. Air with humidity levels as low as 50% or less can substantially reduce your comfort level and cause permanent damage to your home. There are four big benefits of using a high quality dehumidifier in any enclosed spaces of all sizes.
Humid Air Causes a Proliferation of Mold Spores and Dust Mites
Mold and dust mites thrive in moist environments. Most people associate mold with standing water or areas with that damp, musty smell. The truth is the rate of mold growth skyrockets when the relative humidity reaches 50%. Not only does this mean more mold but more mold spores contaminating the air you breathe. Dust mites react to humidity in the same way mold does.
Air Quality Significantly Diminishes as Relative Humidity Rises
Humidity is nothing more than the amount of moisture in the air. Unfortunately, moisture is the perfect container for dirt, dust, mold, spores, and other allergens. The higher the relative humidity is, the more likely an allergic reaction will be triggered. This is especially true for people with a very low tolerance to light-weight allergens like dander, mold, and dust.
Damp Air Destroys the Structural Integrity of Homes and Furnishings
Your home and furnishing are in a constant struggle battling against moisture. Humid air acts a tipping point in the favor of mold, fungus, and rot. While every home is less durable when it contains humid air over an extended period of time, wood is particularly vulnerable. This includes flooring, cabinets, furnishing, and the wood supporting the weight of your home.
Humidity Makes Air Feel Hotter Than It Actually Is
One of the most popular reasons people add a dehumidifier to their home is comfort. Air with a lot of moisture tends to feel much warmer than it actually is. As a result, people force their air conditioners to work extra hard which shortens the unit’s lifespan and drive up utility bills. A simple dehumidifier will go a long way in helping you save money and feel more comfortable.
How to Choose the Right Dehumidifier for Your Space?
There are a variety of different factors you should consider when choosing a high-quality dehumidifier. The best place to start is the area you want to dehumidify. The size of your dehumidifier should be based on two variables – the size (square footage) of the area in question and the average level of humidity (ranges from moderately damp to extremely wet). It is important to remember that when comparing the “size” of a dehumidifier you aren’t actually comparing the physical size of the device. You are comparing the amount of water it can remove per day. This measurement is commonly stated in pints. The more pints a dehumidifier can remove in a day, the dryer your air will be.