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7 Reasons For A Dehumidifier (Plus: How To Build Your Own)

Posted by Warner Service on Aug 5, 2016 12:00:00 PM

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Simply put, a dehumidifier is a device that removes excess moisture from the air. It works “by drawing air via a fan over refrigerating coils,” according to The Guardian. “The moisture in the air condenses and the resulting water is then collected in a tray for disposal.”

Homeowners and commercial vendors use these devices for a number of reasons, and Warner Service can tell you exactly why you should use a dehumidifier:

It lessens the chance of allergens and insect infestations. Because dehumidifiers reduce humidity levels, your home or office space will be less susceptible to mold and mildew, which can trigger allergies and asthma. A bonus benefit is that without mold, your home will never have a musty or rotten smell.

A humid environment is also a breeding ground for another allergen – dust mites. These microscopic creatures feed off of dead skin cells and live in mattresses, bedding, and upholstery. Humid spaces are also ideal for a roach or termite infestation. However, dehumidifiers ensure that none of these creatures survive.

It’s great for your health. One of the biggest benefits to these devices is that it helps create a dust-free zone (which means less cleaning for you). A dehumidifier can help reduce the chances of a stuffy nose, itchy eyes or skin, sneezing, and irritation to the respiratory system. Seasonal allergy sufferers and asthmatic individuals know what this is like, but dehumidifiers are helpful because they get rid of triggers. Also, with this device, your chances of developing a mold-related illness significantly decrease.

It’s ideal for comfort. Much like programmable thermostats, dehumidifiers are made for keeping you comfortable. The typically small appliance quietly absorbs enough water from the air, so you can breathe easier and live more comfortably. A cooler environment is also best to sleep in.

It’s good for gardening. The water captured by the dehumidifier is a clean kind of greywater, and though it’s not suitable for human consumption, it’s acceptable for watering plants (with the exception of garden vegetables). It can be used for the irrigation of non-edible plants.

It keeps appliances from rusting. Computer equipment, electric tools, and other electronics don’t mix well with a humid environment. Thanks to dehumidifiers, these appliances won’t rust, thus increasing its longevity. It’s also helps clothing dry faster, and breads and cereals remain fresh longer.

It cools your home or office and saves you money. Constantly running the air conditioner is an effective way to cool off this summer, but it can be a costly for your energy bill and the unit. For an alternative, try a dehumidifier. It inexpensively removes thick moisture and humidity in all areas – not only well ventilated ones like air conditioning does. This ultimately creates an all-around cooler environment, keeps the A/C running efficiently, and saves you some money.

The recommended average relative humidity level is between 35 to 45 percent. This ranges provides the most comfortable environment for work or play while helping to protect furniture, drywall, electronics, and more.

Homeowners and commercial vendors should consider a dehumidifier if they see the following signs:

  • Mold spots, especially in bathrooms, garages, storage areas, and basements
  • Condensation on windows or glass doors
  • Water level marks or stains on basement walls
  • Run-off water
  • Musty smell
  • Rotting wood
  • Peeling paint or damaged wallpaper
  • Corrosion
  • Increase in allergy irritation

Dehumidifiers are undoubtedly great appliances to have in a home or office, but if purchasing one isn’t in your budget, we’ve got a solution. Click below to discover our DIY humidifier, complete with a helpful video and printable step-by-step instructions:

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Topics: Appliances, Indoor Air, Do-It-Yourself, Energy Savings