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Why Would I Need A Dehumidifier for My Home?

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It can be challenging to keep the humidity in a house balanced. Since excess humidity can lead to increased energy consumption, poor air quality and other challenges, some owners might need a dehumidifier. One option is to get a dehumidifier. Many homeowners have heard about dehumidifiers but there is still some confusion about how, or even if, they work. Dehumidifiers can improve the comfort of your living areas by removing excess moisture and keeping the humidity between 30 and 50 percent. In doing so, they bring a range of benefits to your home, its occupants and your personal possessions. If you’ve considered getting a dehumidifier but you’re not sure how or why it’s needed, continue reading.

Signs You Need a Dehumidifier

In addition to experiencing uncomfortable allergy symptoms, you may also notice signs of high humidity in some areas of your home. These include:

  • Water stains on the ceilings or walls
  • Frequent condensation on the windows
  • A damp feeling when you touch the walls
  • Small black spots growing on walls or in the bathtub or shower
  • Musty odors
  • Water marks on the floors of the basement

Benefits of Dehumidifiers

Allergens thrive in humid environments. Mildew, mold, and dust mites flourish in moist conditions especially when there is limited ventilation. You may notice them in your bathroom or kitchen where moisture collects easily and doesn’t always dry out. You may also pick up a rotting or musty smell.

If you have high levels of allergens in your home, you may experience sneezing, congestion, skin irritation or itchy eyes. Mold and mildew can also cause costly damage to your house. However, when you control the moisture with a dehumidifier, you and your family will be exposed to fewer allergens. In addition, you’ll reduce the need for expensive repairs.

Dehumidifiers can also help to make your home cleaner. When the air is filled with moisture, dust travels more easily. However, when moisture levels are balanced, dust won’t travel through your home as readily. This means your interior will look cleaner for longer and you’ll have to spend less time dusting.

When you get the humidity in your living spaces under control, you can save money on energy during the summer. When the air is humid, you’ll feel hotter. You’ll crank up the air conditioner even more, causing you to use more energy. Also, since the AC can’t remove excess moisture as efficiently as a dehumidifier, it’ll have to work harder. This means its components will wear out more quickly and you’ll have to spend money on repairs prematurely. However, if you invest in a dehumidifier, you can keep your air conditioner working optimally for longer.

Why You May Need a Dehumidifier for Your Basement

Dehumidifiers can also help to reduce environmental problems in your basement. It can be more difficult to control moisture in your basement than in other areas of your home. Since basements present unique problems, your Anderson HVAC professional may recommend a basement dehumidifier. Basements often get damp when moisture seeps through the foundation or you have a water leak. However, they can also be affected by the overall moisture levels in your home. Moisture in the basement not only leads to the growth of mold. It can also cause the structure of the home to be compromised.

Types of Dehumidifiers

The simplest and best way to control moisture levels in your home is to install a whole-house humidification system. This setup will monitor your home’s humidity levels and turn on the dehumidifier or humidifier as needed. If you want to protect your home and possessions like art and furniture from mold or corrosion, this is ideal.

However, since whole-house systems can be costly and they need to be maintained regularly, you may want another solution. Portable dehumidifiers are small, lightweight and inexpensive. You can easily move them from one room to another as needed. If you take care of them, they can last a long time. However, they aren’t as robust or effective as a whole-house system.

Let C&L Services Help You Address the Humidity in Your Home

If you’re experiencing problems caused by excessive moisture, you need to call the professionals. Reach out to C&L Services in Anderson and get an expert opinion. Our technicians can inspect your home and provide personalized recommendations. Whether you need HVAC maintenance, repairs, or equipment installation, we can help. We’ll answer all your questions and give you peace of mind. Call us today and learn how we can make your home healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient.

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