Dehumidifiers are useful to have in the home as they combat moisture related problems in the home. Signs of excess moisture are condensation windows, mould growth in walls (most often in the corners) and wet walls, often with moisture collecting or dripping down them. Here are some of the key benefits to having a dehumidifier in your home:
1) Get Rid of Moisture
A dehumidifier is like an air-vacuum cleaner, sucking the water out of the air. In the winter months, especially, wet clothes that are hung inside to dry, on heaters, tumble dryers, hot baths and showers and cooking with the windows closed can all lead to a build-up of moisture in the air. As the air in the home cools down, the previously airborne moisture will turn to water and settle on the nearest available cold surface, which is most often the bottom half your windows, walls, and corners. This wetness, if left alone, can damage paint, erode brickwork, peel wall paper and can crack walls and plaster. Needless to say, this will cause a great deal of damage to any home’s interior so a dehumidifier is one way of preventing these problems.
2) Be More Allergy Friendly
Moist air is a better carrier of allergens around an environment than dry air, because the air is more sticky, and therefore a more friendly environment for dust, dust mites, pollen and other nasty particles that can trigger a bout of sneezing and runny nose. If you have children with allergies, then a moist home will provide an excellent environment in which their allergens can thrive, settling on almost every available surface that is moist and warm. Having a dehumidifier will remove that moisture from the air, making the environment a great deal less friendly to any allergens that may be floating around, and this is particularly the case with children who have atopic eczema and asthma.
3) Protects Wood
If you have wood surfaces in your home, whether it be wooden beams, wooden walls, timber or any other wood surfaces, then moisture is your enemy! Moisture eats wood for breakfast, and creates a wonderful safe haven for wood eating insects like wood louse and mites who will destroy your wood faster than you can say “switch on the dehumidifier”! One of the major benefits if having a dehumidifier in your home is that you wood is protected from one of the major causes of deaths amongst wood: moisture!
4) Improves the Air Quality
One of the major obstacles against breathing is humid air. Air that is laden with moisture such as the air in very hot, wet climates, make the body work harder for its oxygen supply, making people feel lethargic and tired. A dehumidifier in the home will solve this issue by removing the moisture from the air, allowing a better, fresher flow of oxygen through the home. Having wet cold air outside, and hot air inside makes a perfect environment for a humid climate in your home, which will only increase and increase over time, leading to sudden onset of snoring, feeling excessively tired in the morning even after a good night’s sleep, and waking in the middle of the night with a sensation that you can’t breathe. If you are experiencing this in your home, then it may be that you need a dehumidifier to remove the excess moisture, giving you the benefit of a better, fresher air flow throughout your home.
Ben is a home expert for Best at hire, a specialist dehumidifier hire company.