Ok, so maybe you already kind of know what a dehumidifier is: an electronic appliance that removes moisture from the air. But are you aware of all the benefits that come with maintaining the level of humidity in an indoor environment? Read on to learn how a dehumidifier can help you and your household. (If you have any additional questions, please contact Naperville local heating and cooling specialists, Nortek Environmental, Inc. – we’d be glad to assist you!)
Do you have a room with condensation on the windows or water stains on the walls? Or perhaps a room that just feels damp? These are the signs of a high humidity level.
Dehumidifiers have only got one job to do – to reduce the amount of humidity in the air. They are much more effective at doing so than air conditioners are, so don’t make the mistake of assuming that your AC unit will do the trick on its own.
Using a dehumidifier will improve the room’s environment and help maintain a desirable humidity level. If the walls are wet to the touch and/or have patches of mold or mildew, a dehumidifier should be used frequently.
Mold, mildew, dust mites and other allergens love environments that are damp and high in humidity. Decreasing the moisture in your home will effectively decrease the amount of allergy triggers as well. Studies show that mold allergies can also lead to the development of asthma. Therefore, reducing mold allergens in your home could also help prevent the development of asthma in young children.
A musty or “rotting” smell can also indicate that a room’s humidity level is too high. Dehumidifiers can help reduce the odors that tend to accompany the growth of mold and mildew in your home, helping to freshen the air in your home.
Besides making the air feel and smell better, a dehumidifier will also help you breathe better. Air that is less humid is easier to breathe and irritates the nose, lungs and skin less, making it easier and more comfortable for everyone in your home.
Not a fan of dusting your home? Neither are we! But fortunately, running a dehumidifier can help reduce the amount of dust in your home. We consider this a win, because less dust buildup means less cleaning!
Did you know that a dehumidifier can assist your AC? If your home is too humid, the air conditioning unit has to work harder to cool the air in your home. This means that it’s using more energy than necessary while also increasing the wear and tear on the system in the process.
By utilizing a dehumidifier, your air conditioner will function more efficiently, enabling you to save on energy use. It also can potentially reduce the number of times you need to repair and/or replace the unit.
Ready for another surprising benefit of using a dehumidifier? Managing the level of moisture in the air of your home also means that your bread and cereals won’t go stale as quickly. Your fruit stays fresher longer. And your tools and electrics may corrode / rust less!
Now that you know just how beneficial a dehumidifier can be in improving the health and comfort of you and those in your household, what are you waiting for to get one? Schedule an appointment with Nortek Environmental, Inc. to speak with a Naperville, IL area heating and cooling specialist to help you pick out and install a new dehumidifier or to repair / replace an existing one.