When Do I Need a Dehumidifier?
The simple answer is when the indoor humidity level has exceeded 50-55 percent. You can check on that with a moisture meter or with the dehumidifier itself that supports it. However, if your home is showing one of the telltale signs below, you should get a dehumidifier stats.
- Stale and stuffy air that is hard to breathe into
- Cracked, moist, or water stains on walls and ceiling
- Condensation on windows and walls
- Musty, nauseating smell
- Mold or mildew can be spotted on items, walls, ceiling, pipes, floor, and bathroom
What Are The Benefits of a Dehumidifier?
There are many perks of owning a dehumidifier. Other than solving all the humidity issues that we mentioned earlier, a dehumidifier can safeguard your home and health. To make sure you completely “absorb” the benefits of a dehumidifier, let’s go through the advantages of owning a dehumidifier 1-by-1.
- Stop musty mold from expanding – By creating a harsh environment that the fungus cannot thrive in. We all know what is mold about and the health impact it can bring in large quantities. Short term exposure to mold can often lead to irritation like cough, sinus, red eyes, dry throat, skin rash and more. In the long-run, constantly breathing into mold can cause many respiratory problems like COPD, Pneumonitis, Respiratory tract damage, Autoimmune disease, Rheumatoid arthritis. Mold is also one of the leading causes of an asthma attack particularly on children. A dehumidifier will ensure moisture level stays below the minimum threshold of what is needed by mold.
- Kill dust mites including those that are hidden inside your bed – Like mold, dust mites thrive on warm and humid climate. By removing their living source condition, the remaining dust mites will slowly die off and so are your allergy troubles. Allergies like itchiness, wheezing, eczema, sleep apnea, and other symptoms will be gone with the wind.
- Safeguard your home and household items from water damage – Moisture can cause serious damage to your house over time. From metal rusting, wooden objects decaying, wallpaper peeling, ceiling cracking, and floor splitting. A dehumidifier can be the protector of your home and all the household items from within. You will not be burdened by the repair cost that is avoidable if is dealt with initially.
- Breathe better and healthier – You will not breathe comfortably in a high humidity room. It is also unhealthy to inhale airborne allergens that will typically spread in a damp environment. Newborn and babies will cry more often as they have trouble breathing. By removing the excessive moisture in the air, you will be greeted with fresher air filled with fewer allergens. The temperature will also be much warmer as there is less water vapor in the air.
- Pairs well with an air purifier – A dehumidifier can remove moisture in the air, something an air purifier can’t do. An air purifier can remove airborne allergens, smoke, and odors, something a dehumidifier can’t do. So why not have both? Working side by side, both devices will ensure indoor air quality is always up to the par.
- Works on anywhere, any place, and any time – Whether it is a basement, bedroom, crawlspace, living hall, closet, kitchen, a dehumidifier will cover it all. Most dehumidifiers will operate on a continuous basis and even on the harshest weather condition like winter. On larger units, casters are standard where you could easily move the unit from room to room that needed dehumidifying.
Are dehumidifiers worth it?
Yes, dehumidifier is worth every single penny with the right model. Choosing the right dehumidifier is not as hard as it sounds because it is a simple device designed to only absorb moisture in the air. However, there are many different variants in the market that may be confusing for first-time buyers. So before you start investing in a proper full-scale unit, there are some tips in choosing the right size dehumidifier based on your needs.
- Different sizes – We’re not talking about the overall dimension but more on the performance capacity. The higher the pint counts, the more moisture the dehumidifier can take it per day. For example, a 70-pint model will be at least twice as effective as a 30-pint model. So if you have a large room size with high humidity, go with the higher pint capacity models.
- Pricing and maintenance cost – Everything comes with a price. If you go with the bigger capacity model i.e. 70-pint, the cost will obviously be higher and so will the electricity bill. If you have a small room size and have no use of the raw power, go with the smaller capacity model.
- Drainage options – A decisive factor in determining the usability of the dehumidifier. If you are planning to manually empty the reservoir, the bigger the bucket the better. This allows more water to be collected at one go and you will only need to empty it every now and then. Alternatively, the drainage pump is our preferred method as the water will be pump out straight to the floor drainage. You will not have to go through the hassle of emptying the bucket every again.
- Timer and auto shut-off – 2 simple features that work hand-in-hand together. With a pre-set timer, you could manage the dehumidifier runtime on certain hours e.g. in the morning. Auto shut-off will complement the timer by stopping the machine from running once the water tank is full.
- Anti-frost and low-temperature operation – A very important feature if you are staying on the colder side of the world. A good dehumidifier can operate on temperatures as low as 33°F. It will also prevent the compressor from freezing up that as a result will damage the machine.
- Noise level – If you plan to use a dehumidifier throughout the night, make sure the noise produced is at an acceptable range. Anything that is above 50 decibels can be disturbing particularly during your sleep.
While in this post we are trying to convince you why having a dehumidifier is good for you. There are still ways you could do without. If the humidity level at home is still not too bad, consider running an air conditioner with dehumidifying function that will do a similar job. Otherwise, open more windows and doors to improve airflow circulation by letting fresh air in. Fix leaking pipes, roofs, or cracks in a home are often neglected and underrated steps. Items like desiccant/ silica gel, salt crystal or indoor plants do work in some ways. Finally, increase your room temperature through the HVAC system will help dry the surrounding moisture out.