Have you ever noticed your home to have a stuffy feeling or musty smell? How about moisture stains on the walls and ceilings, or even rotting wood? Foggy windows?
These are typical signs that overall moisture levels are abnormally high. If left alone for too long, it can create health problems for the home’s occupants and result in costly repairs. Excessive humidity allows for favorable conditions for mold and bacteria growth. Those with allergies may begin to suffer breathing problems and other wellness issues. Even perfectly healthy people and pets can become ill when living in such an environment. Dehumidifiers are designed to remove this access moisture and keep the humidity at comfortable and safe level.
How To Choose The Right Dehumidifier
Some folks don’t take the time to find out what size dehumidifier they need for their situation, and they spend too much money as a result. You can purchase a hygrometer (an instrument for measuring air moisture levels) to determine in which rooms the humidity is too high. Generally that includes any readings above 60%. Chances are only one or two fit the criteria. If that’s the case, then small portable units are sufficient and you won’t need to install a large unit to cover your entire home – which is good because doing so can get quite expensive.
Bathrooms and basements in particular tend to have problems with high humidity, so keep an eye on those areas, especially if there is little or no ventilation.
It’s important, too, to figure out any possible causes for the excess moisture, particularly if the climate you live in is not regularly humid. It could be the result of leaky pipes, roof damage, or maybe an animal has burrowed its way into your walls. Either way, it is best to locate the problem and fix it if possible to avoid future complications.
Article was brought to you by Dan Moran, employee of HVAC Miami