A dehumidifier is a device used to reduce humidity levels in air (say, your indoor air). A low and stable humidity level in your indoor air not only safeguards your property, but it is also good for your health. Some of the possible causes of high humidity levels in your home include leaks and water intrusion.
Any mold stains are sure evidence you need a humidifier. So, scrutinize the ceiling in your restroom and bathroom especially around the shower. If there are little dark spots there are molds and as such you need a humidifier. As steam rises when you are taking a shower, the exhaust fan should ventilate it out. If the necessary ventilation is lacking, excess moisture accumulates creating a thriving ground for the harmful molds.
If the windows in your home have condensed water, or there is fog or vapor on the glass, either your humidifier is overworking or some construction materials are improperly sealed. So, anytime you see beads of water in your window panes, try to find out what the cause could be. As you do so, use a dehumidifier to eliminate the moisture and lower the humidity levels in your home to the appropriate levels.
Is your basement damp or persistently records higher humidity compared to other rooms in your home? If your answer is yes, and there is no evidence of leaks, a humidifier is all you need. This problem tends to affect many homes including those with HVAC because, during the hot and moist summer season, the AC is unable to re-circulate cool dry air right to the basement. Moisture naturally seeps into the basement air via the foundation.
Humid environments promote the growth of mildew, which, as their population and intensity increase, release spores and toxic gases (which have a foul smell) into your indoor air. The airborne contaminants besides triggering allergic reactions can lower the quality of your indoor air. So, if you notice that there is a musty or foul smell inside your home, look around for signs the odor comes from mildew. The presence of fungus is a sign that your home needs a crawl space dehumidifier.
If any wooden furniture inside your home begins to rot, chances are there is an excessive level of moisture in your home. How do you tell a piece of wood is rotting? It is soft when you gently press it. Replace the affected immediately and get a humidifier to ensure that other wooden equipment is not affected. Two most susceptible areas to this problem are underneath the sink and window seals. Scrutinize these sections using flashlight and binoculars.
Mold spots, musty smell and rotting wood within your home indicate that you have a moisture problem and as such you should get a dehumidifier. Health experts recommend acting quickly, as soon as you notice the signs, as you plan on how to eliminate the cause.