How to Decide If You Need a Dehumidifier
December 13, 2019
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How to Decide If You Need a Dehumidifier

Air temperature is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to the comfort of your home. Have you thought about your indoor air quality? Not only does the humidity of your indoor air play a role in your family’s comfort, but it also affects your health and well-being. Overly humid air could also damage your home’s structure. Today’s blog from Air Authority explains how to decide if you need a dehumidifier in your home. 

Condensation

Condensation may form on your windows as water droplets, vapor, or fog. This happens most commonly when there’s a dramatic shift in temperatures from the cold air outside to warm air inside. Condensation indicates high humidity in your home. A dehumidifier can take care of this problem and reduce the instances of water on your windows.

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Mold Spots and Musty Odors

One or two mold spots, or a slight musty odor in your bathroom, are a minor inconvenience. When black mold grows and expands on walls, ceilings, or floors in places that are normally dry, you have a major problem on your hands. A dehumidifier can help reduce or control mold growth because this fungus thrives in a moist environment. Proper ventilation or fixing any leaking pipes is the way to eliminate mold growth in your home for good. However, a dehumidifier is a vital part of that solution after you fix the root cause of the mold problem.

Increasing Allergies

High humidity can exacerbate allergies, especially to mold spores and dust mites. Both types of microorganisms are invisible to the naked eye and thrive in a humid environment. Dehumidifiers can remove water from the air, but they can also help filter mold and dust mites from the air. Trying running a dehumidifier to see if your allergies improve.

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Rotting Wood

The EPA estimates the optimal humidity range for a home is between 35 and 50 percent. Any level above 60 percent is too high. Prolonged high humidity levels may cause rotting wood. Over time, high humidity may also degrade paint, gypsum board, varnish, and even metal wiring. Look for these signs on your exposed wood or peeling indoor paint. Consider a dehumidifier to help keep your home’s structure intact over time.

Dehumidifiers From Air Authority

Air Authority wants you and your family to be as comfortable as possible in your home. We have quality, high-capacity dehumidifiers that efficiently remove excess moisture from your air through your home’s heating and cooling system. Contact Air Authority or call (513) 229-0789 for more details on getting a dehumidifier installed by one of our expert technicians

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