Do I Need A Dehumidifier In My Home?
With temperatures on the rise, it’s important to maintain regular HVAC maintenance to ensure that your indoor environment is cool and comfortable. As part of a regular system checkup, it’s also a good idea to have the humidity levels checked in your home. When a home has too little moisture, cracks can form in wood floors and furniture. In turn, too much humidity can result in mold and mildew, causing health concerns. As a result, many are using dehumidifiers in conjunction with existing HVAC units to balance the humidity levels in their homes. This may have you wondering, “Do I need a Dehumidifier in my home?” Consider the following:
Condensation (window and patio door) – Do you notice condensation or a “fog” on the interior glass of your window or patio door? This could mean that there’s too much humidity in the room. Over time, excess moisture along a windowsill will begin to rot the wood and produce mold. As black grime along the trim of the window or door, mold can cause a variety of health effects, including throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, and nasal stuffiness.
Mold Spots – Ceilings, corners, closets, basements, and storage areas are often affected by excess moisture. Sometimes, you can see mold spots on the ceiling of a bathroom, or on the space behind the toilet. Mold in these areas can form from inefficient fans, a problem with plumbing, or from improper sealing in walls. It’s important to know—just because you do not see a black mold doesn’t mean it’s not there.
Musty Odors – Anytime there’s a musty odor, there’s mold present—somewhere. It’s common to notice a musty smell in basements, garages, entrances, laundry rooms and crawl spaces. While the smell could be a one-time event, it could also be an indication of a reoccurring problem.
Dampness from Spring Water Run-Off – If there are white or gray water level marks in your basement, it’s likely due to ground water dampness. Sometimes associated with homes build on a lower plain, a dehumidifier can help dry out excess moisture.
There are several reasons why moisture builds inside a home. Whether it’s due to a humidifier that’s too large for the space, inadequate sealing, or a humid climate, dehumidifiers have proven to be a great way to reduce moisture and improve air quality.
When it comes to maintaining your HVAC unit and humidity levels in your home, you can trust the licensed and insured professionals at ClimateSmith. With years of experience in addressing humidity levels in homes and businesses, we are committed to helping you achieve healthy air quality in your home. Whether you are interested in a whole-home dehumidifier or portable unit, we can help. Call us today.
Posted on behalf of ClimateSmith, LLC