Dehumidifiers… A Modern Necessity

Posted by Lindsey Slinger, Brittany McCann, & Cherese Monte on 4/24/2019
Dehumidifiers… A Modern Necessity

The Benefits of Purchasing a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are a versatile product that can be used in almost any climate to help improve the quality of the air inside your home. While dehumidifiers are not as popular as an air conditioner or heater, if placed in the right area and on the correct settings, you may see a difference in the temperature in the room.

While most homeowners only bring the dehumidifier out during the warmer months, dehumidifiers can be used year-round to prevent allergens or mold, while keeping the space dry. Along with the health benefits, Dehumidifiers also come to aid after water damage or water condensation, and mold prevention. 

Helps Minimize Condensation

We all have that unwanted condensation in our homes that we wish we could live without.  Many things cause condensation like the weather, dishwashers, baths, showers, cooking, and laundry. This condensation can become a pain when it causes health concerns by causing mold and musty smells; however, it can also cause physical damage to your property also like chipping paint, swelling wood, and rust. Opening up windows can sometimes solve this problem but many times makes people uncomfortable and costs more money by having to heat the house again.

This brings us to our best solution, a dehumidifier. Refrigerant dehumidifiers work the best in higher temperatures by bringing in air through a filter with cold coils, the water then condenses from the coils and drips into the water tank and distributes the air back into the room. Desiccant dehumidifiers are known to work best in lower temperatures by using a material that absorbs water from the air, heats it, and distributes the water into the water tank.

So then what happens with the water? The water that goes into the tank and you will have to manually empty, or in some cases, the unit has a pump that disposes of the water through a hose. Using a dehumidifier in your room, RV, garage, basement, and crawl spaces will be the best and most cost efficient way to remove condensation while saving money.

Helps Prevent Water Damage

Water damage has substantial financial and physical implications on a homeowner if not properly maintained. For most, the first product that is used to help dry out a room is a fan. While this may help physically dry the room, other materials can be affected during a flood include drywall, carpet, ceiling products, and flooring, insulation, and paint products. Water damage on any floor surface can lead to health hazards such as mold, asbestos, and harsh allergens. According to the environmental protection agency, “The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture.” 

So how do we help keep the air clean and dry after experiencing water damage? If you have recently experienced any condensation or water damage in your home, a dehumidifier will help speed up the recovery process and help dry out the room affected. For high humidity rooms that have recently experienced excess water, it is suggested to set up a drain hose to the dehumidifier and run continuously to make sure that your humidity level stays between 40-50% humidity, to keep the space dry and cool.

A dehumidifier will help evaporate the water that is in the air content, which will aid in preventing any further damage. Once your home has been rid of water, the dehumidifier does not have to be stored away; it can be used moderately to help maintain the humidity levels in your home. Most Dehumidifiers on the market have a basement setting that will automatically set a pre-set humidly level, which is the suggested level that the basement should maintain year round.

Health related benefits:

Many health benefits come along with using a dehumidifier, especially in small spaces such as your bedroom. From mold prevention to eliminating dust mites, we will explore in depth some of these benefits to review when choosing a dehumidifier that is best for you and your home. 

1.    Mold Prevention

Many dehumidifiers work to neutralize mold, dust, bacteria and harsh odors. Specifically, mold, which can be dangerous for your health in large quantities, can cause issues such as allergies; throat and eye irritation, coughing, and can also disturb asthma. How does mold appear? When the air is moist, or humid, mold can form on walls, floor, or even places you cannot see because it prospers in this type of environment. A dehumidifier will help your home with these common household hazards. When you use a dehumidifier for mold prevention, it will work to pull the excess moisture out of the air. When this occurs, mold is no longer able to flourish or continue to grow.

2.    Dust Mites

Similarly to mold, no one wants dust mites living in their home with them. Dust mites play a notable role in allergy flare-ups. They absorb moisture from the air which causes them to thrive. When you use a dehumidifier to eliminate the moisture in your room, it takes away the ability for these dust mites to live. While a dehumidifier may not completely get rid of all the dust mites in your home, it can certainly work in your favor to help eliminate them.

3.    Improve Air Quality

One specific type of dehumidifier is a desiccant dehumidifier. This type of dehumidifier works without a compressor, unlike most dehumidifiers. Since these do not operate with a compressor, it eliminates the need for refrigerant which causes them to be quieter and more energy efficient. Any dehumidifier that works to keep dust mites, allergens, mold and dust at bay will automatically improve the air quality. Don’t wait any longer to get one for your home because unfortunately, these sneaky pests won’t go away on its own.