The Benefits of a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier for your home can bring great relief, if you live in a humid climate or have allergies. Few things adversely affect your quality of life like dampness, which makes the air feel heavy and uncomfortable. One way to combat high humidity, and to keep your air smelling fresh and clean, is to purchase a dehumidifier.
Effects of High Humidity
High humidity levels can damage your apartment, your belongings and your health. Humidity encourages mold to grow and dust mites to flourish, triggering your allergies. Humidity can also damage your apartment by causing flaking plaster, peeling wall paper, swollen or warped wood, and moldy clothing.
What Causes Humidity?
Excessive humidity in your apartment can be caused by indoor and outdoor factors including:
- hanging clothes to dry
- boiling water for cooking
- humid outdoor air
How a Dehumidifier Works
A dehumidifier works by removing moisture from the air in your home and drawing it into the unit where it is condensed onto a set of cold coils and dried out. This dried air then passes over hot coils, inside the unit, to make it warmer than the air that entered the dehumidifier. The condensation generated from this process drains into a tank, which you must empty periodically. A dehumidifier is a lot like an air conditioner, except that it has both hot and cold coils.
Benefits of a Dehumidifier
Your respiratory health may improve when using a dehumidifier to lower your apartment’s humidity. Helping to reduce mold spores and dust mites means less coughing and fewer allergy attacks.
Your home will also smell fresher, as the damp, moldy smell associated with high humidity will be eliminated. This will be more appealing to both you and your guests. A dehumidification unit will also prevent your furniture, rugs and clothes from picking up a moldy smell, which is sometimes difficult to get rid of.
Buying a Dehumidifier
When purchasing a dehumidification system, the most important factor is how much water it can remove from the air in a certain period of time. An inefficient unit may not remove enough humidity from your apartment to help improve air quality.
Next in importance, is the size of tank, for frequency of emptying. You don’t want to spend a lot of time repeatedly emptying a small tank. Identify a model with the largest tank available.
Compare dehumidifiers for maintenance costs. Filters must be cleaned or replaced, so you should check filter prices before investing in a particular model. In addition, home dehumidification units use quite a bit of electricity. Look for the smallest or most energy efficient model capable of dehumidifying the area where you’re planning to use it.
Like all machines with fans, dehumidifiers make noise when they run. You should turn on the dehumidifiers, in the store, to hear how loud they sound before selecting a model. All in all, the benefits of a dehumidifier make it a good investment when you’re faced with the unpleasantness of excessively humid air. Consider our award-winning, ENERGY STAR® Certified IW25-4 in-wall dehumidifier. This fixed, in-wall dehumidifier for homes is expertly engineered to aid in mold prevention.