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Humidity Control

Benefits of a Dehumidifier

There are several benefits to getting a dehumidifier in your home, basement, apartment,commercial property or office space.

  1. Dehumidifiers reduce humidity levels, making your home less hospitable to allergens such as dust mites, mold, pet dander and mildew.

  2. They are not loud and run quietly and efficiently in the background without most people even noticing.

  3. Dehumidifiers help reduce odors that can accompany mold and mildew in your home. Getting rid of that “musty” or “rotting” smell is one of the benefits. I highly recommend them in high humidity areas and places near water.

  4. These devices help to reduce the possibility that you will develop mold on your clothing, furniture, and other linens. 

  5. Dehumidifiers reduce irritation to your skin and your respiratory system, allowing you to breathe easier and feel comfortable in your home.

  6. A less humid environment in your home means several things like, clothing will dry faster, breads and cereals will remain fresh longer without getting stale, and you won’t find signs of rust or corrosion on things like computer equipment, electronics, and tools.

  7. Using a dehumidifier helps reduce dust in your home, so you won’t have to clean as often.

  8. A dehumidifier also lowers energy costs. It helps your air conditioner run more efficiently and help keep the home free of extra moisture. When the air in your home is more humid, the A/C must do the extra function of cooling the air and removing moisture, which means it has to work harder. This also causes your A/C to wear out sooner, which means you will need to replace it sooner and repair it more often.

Signs You Need a Dehumidifier might be:

You may want to consider a dehumidifier if you have some obvious signs of high humidity in certain rooms or areas of your home, including:

  • Water stains on the walls or ceilings of your home or buildings. 

  • High humidity rooms with poor ventilation or no ventilation (especially in areas like bathrooms that have no windows)

  • Frequent condensation on the windows in certain areas of your home or buildings

  • Small black spots (mold spores) growing on the walls or in areas with high humidity, such as the bathtub or shower

  • Must or mildew smells

You may also want to consider a dehumidifier if you live in an apartment building, since mold and mildew spores can travel through ventilation systems, and can build up in the walls between apartments. Even if you keep your living area clean, these allergens from other areas of the building can be harmful to yours and your family’s health.

Choosing a Dehumidifier:

There are several different options when it comes to dehumidifiers, and the one you choose depends on the space in which you plan to use it, as well as the humidity levels. There are small capacity models for a single small room, large capacity models for larger areas such as a large room, basement, or an apartment, and there are whole-house models available as well if you live in a very humid climate, you suffer from significant allergies, or you have a large home. For more specific and unique needs, consider purchasing a dehumidifier with special features.

Getting a dehumidifier can help you live a healthier, happier life, so if you are suffering from allergies and other symptoms, the answer to the question of whether you should own a dehumidifier is probably yes. Especially if you live near a water.  Find out more about the different models and options available, and see which one will fit your budget and help you get clean, healthy air in your home.

Birdwell A/C and Heating would be happy to set up a consultation to discuss exactly what would be the best choice for your home.

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