10 Reasons You Would Need a Dehumidifier

February 12, 2019

If you usually get allergies which can be triggered by living in a humid climate and other things such as dust mites, mold, and mildew, then a good dehumidifier might help you with your suffering. Dehumidifiers are becoming one of the widely used devices in American homes. But it is probably not the first item on people’s list of resolutions when looking to make a change in their life.

But did you know that when it comes to health and well-being, as well as the safety of your home, a dehumidifier can have a huge effect on your life? If you’re contemplating whether to one for your home or not, here are the ten reasons you would need a dehumidifier to help you decide.

  1. If There are Mold and Mildew

If there are mold and mildew, especially in your basement, chances are you’ve smelled it. But aside from the unpleasant smell it brings, it can also cause damage to your home. Whenever humidity is over 60 percent in an enclosed space over a period of time, mold can weaken the support structures of your home. To remove and prevent mold and mildew from forming in your home, a dehumidifier will help dry out the air and make it difficult for mold spores to spread and grow.

  2. If You Have Allergies

Aside from mold, there are other common allergens that thrive in humid air. Therefore, if you always tend to have allergies, it’s better to have a dehumidifier at home because it will help in cleaning the air you breathe.

  3. If There Are Musty Smells

As mentioned earlier, the growth of mold and mildew can cause a musty odor. These fungi release foul gases which are then absorbed by walls, furniture, and fabrics. If you want to remove these musty smells, placing a dehumidifier in those musty-smelling places such as basements, laundry rooms, and crawl spaces can help remove the foul odor. The dehumidifier will absorb the excess moisture and nip the unwelcomed odors.

  4. If You Want Better Respiratory Health

Even if you do not have any allergies, drier air is still good when it comes to breathing and circulation. This is the reason why some doctors used to prescribe patients with a respiratory issue a trip to the mountains or desert because drier air means less work for the lungs. So if you want better respiratory health, having a dehumidifier at home is a great decision.

  5. If You Want Your Food to Stay Fresh Longer

Spores caused by humidity can also get into your food and spoil them immediately. But with a dehumidifier in the kitchen, foods such as bread will take longer to go stale and fruits will remain crisp for days. That can definitely help you save your grocery bill.

  6. If You Want to Improve Air Quality

Aside from the number of toxins that you may or may not be breathing in, the quality of air in your home is also measured by the humidity levels of the air itself. We can’t deny that air purifiers are effective when it comes to cleaning the air of potentially harmful substances. But no matter how many air purifiers you have or even houseplants are there in your home, it is still impossible to keep the quality of air in your home at a healthy level if there’s too much humidity. Therefore, a dehumidifier does indeed play an important role for you to improve your home’s air quality.

  7. If You Want to Eliminate Dust Mites

Aside from removing excess levels of humidity, dehumidifiers can also help eliminate dust mites which can be the reason why you’ve been wheezing so much recently. Dust mites at home can also be a cause for a lot of allergy-related symptoms and as well as asthma. Dust mites thrive in humid and warm climates, if dehumidifiers can keep the overall humidity in your house at an optimal level, it can also help eliminate the environment where dust mites survive in.

  8. If You Want to Feel Comfortable

If there’s too much moisture present in a certain space, the temperature there may feel warmer than it actually is. Therefore, if the moisture from the air is removed, you will be able to feel more comfortable without the need to crank up your air conditioner. This can be made possible by a dehumidifier. With it, you can even raise the temperature on your thermostat and make your home more energy-efficient most especially during the warmest times of the year.

  9. If You Want to Protect Your Home

A humidifier, aside from helping you avoid allergens such as dust mites, remove bad odors, and improve your respiratory health, it can also protect your home. Keeping the air dry would protect everything in your home from your furniture to fittings to bedspreads to walls and more. This will also help you save money that you often use for home repairs.

  10. If You Want to Lower Your Utility Bills

If your house is humid, it is also more difficult to cool, meaning, your air conditioner needs to work hard to dry the air first before cooling it. However, this can end with a high electricity bill and increased maintenance as well because of the strain on your cooling system. To avoid this, a dehumidifier can help lessen the load for your air conditioning unit, which can also lower your monthly utility bill.

If you’re dealing with all these things, maybe a dehumidifier will help solve your problems. It can help you live a healthier and more comfortable life especially when you’re always suffering from allergies and other symptoms. We hope these reasons will help you decide about getting a dehumidifier for your home.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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