Home Humidity Problems and How a Dehumidifier Can Help

Many people know when they have a humidity issue in their home, but may not be aware of all the different kinds of issues having a dehumidifier can help address. The following are problems excess humidity can cause, all of which having a dehumidifier in your home can help eliminate.

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Poor performing air conditioning:

In order for the air in your home to feel cool, the air must be dry; otherwise there will be a hot sticky feeling. So when humidity levels are too high, AC units often run more than they need to, to compensate for the sticky feeling. With a dehumidifier, the excess moisture is removed from the air which keeps your AC from having to over work itself, ultimately saving you money on your electricity bill.

Indoor allergies:

Moisture in the air encourages the growth of dust mites, mold, and mildew. This can be detrimental for those who suffer from indoor allergies. Eliminating the excess moisture ensures that these harmful airborne allergies cannot thrive in your living space, giving you cleaner, safer air to breath.

Damp bathrooms or laundry rooms:

When the humidity in your home is high, an issue you may find is that your bathroom never fully dries after showers, especially if you have towels hanging to dry. Keeping a dehumidifier in the bathroom can help clear the air and ensure that towels can dry and moisture doesn’t settle on your mirrors and counter tops. It can also be helpful in laundry rooms to help clothes that may need to line dry, dry faster.

Musty odors:

When humidity is present in the air and settles on your furnishings it can cause an unpleasant musty odor from the allergens and bacteria, not to mention that gross damp feeling on your furniture and skin.

Structural integrity:

If moisture settles into the actual structure of your home it can cause floors to become creaky, paint to blister, wall paper to peel, and settling of walls that can leave cracks. If you have sliding doors, the metal frames can warp or rust which makes them hard to open and close. This is because these elements of your home are made of porous materials that absorb the excess moisture which then causes structural as well as visible damage. Keeping the humidity levels in check can prevent these issues.

Dehumidifiers come in a variety of sizes, from mini dehumidifiers (for closets, storage spaces, and bathrooms) to much larger commercial dehumidifier units (for restoration use), so whether you need to tend to only one room in your home, or the entire house, there is a unit that can get the job done.

Kara Zorn

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Kara Zorn is a wife and working mom who loves life hacks that help her schedule allow for as much quality family time as possible. She enjoys cooking with locally sourced food and produce and recently took up brewing Kombucha.

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