Dehumidifiers are more necessary in homes than you might think. They can be literal life savers, as we will find out in this article, and keep your home from harm. You can get models that are small and discreet, as well as practically silent when running, so you don’t need to worry about the noise disturbing you while you are working or sleeping. There are some fantastic health benefits to having a dehumidifier in your home, and here seven of them for you to take a look at.
Signs You Need a Dehumidifier
Here are some of the signs that may point to you needing to use a dehumidifier in your home:
- Constant allergy symptoms
- Frequent asthma attacks
- Water stains on the walls or ceiling
- High humidity rooms with no ventilation (bathrooms)
- Frequent condensation on your windows
- Mould growing on the walls
- Musty or mildew smells
- If you live in an apartment building (spores can travel through the ventilation systems)
The Health Benefits
#1 Hinders the Growth of Dust Mites
Dust mites are not visible to the naked eye; they are the invisible invaders of our homes. While we cannot see them, we can certainly feel their presence around us. When a home is damp, they multiply in numbers, and begin further occupation of your home.
They live in your bedspreads, mattresses, carpets, rugs, and essentially every other fabric in your home. The more they multiply, the more allergic reactions you are likely to suffer as a result. Plus, they feed on the skin that you shed, which is never a nice thought. A dehumidifier removes the damp, and therefore massively hinders the number of dust mites.
#2 Minimises Condensation
Condensation is an issue that most homes have in at least one of their rooms. Whether it is caused by having a hot bath or shower, or even cooking dinner on the hob, it occurs on an almost daily basis. Initially, it looks like misted windows, but it later progresses to the point that your paint and wallpaper will start peeling from the walls.
The wood in your home is also likely to shrink as a result. It can also lead to the eventual growth of mould. Investing in a dehumidifier can greatly reduce or remove the condensation in your home, so make sure you get one and nip the situation in the bud.
#3 Combatting Mould and Mildew
Mould and mildew can be incredibly dangerous, especially to those who suffer from asthma, allergies, and other respiratory conditions. If left untreated, it can lead to serious complications that could result in death or disorders of the nervous system.
If you have started to notice the early stages of mould growth (or even the late stages), invest in a dehumidifier as quickly as possible and get it running. Removing the moisture in the air gives the mould and mildew nowhere to grow, and so it will die. Make sure you treat the walls with a mould-resistant paint as well as cleaning to maximise the effects.
#4 Removes Musty Smells
The musty odour is the aftermath of mould and mildew growth. The fungi that causes it to release foul gases that are absorbed by all of the fabrics that are in the surrounding area. It can cause general discomfort in your home and make the air feel thicker to breathe in. Placing a dehumidifier in the home will help to relive this bad odour and make things more comfortable for everyone.
#5 Removes Damp from the Air and Home
Damp air causes your home to feel incredibly cold and uncomfortable. It’s actually one of the worst forms of damp in existence because it will dampen practically everything it comes into contact with. It doesn’t matter if it’s a collection of books or furniture, it is a relentless enemy.
Plus, the damp can lead to mould as it creates the perfect environment for it to grow in. A Dehumidifier will work to remove the excess moisture and make your home a much more comfortable place to live in.
#6 Reduction of Skin Irritation
Damp air, dust mites, mould, and mildew, can all lead to reactions that cause severe irritation to the skin. Things like itching, rashes, and sometimes even slight burning sensations. This can be very unpleasant to live through, and so it is important that you take action quickly. Purchasing a dehumidifier will help to reduce the irritation to your skin as well as the irritants that are causing it in the first place.
#7 Makes Breathing Easier
A dehumidifier will make breathing easier in general. Damo air, mould, and must are all factors that can cause breathing to become more difficult. It makes the air thick and difficult to breathe in, which can cause asthma attacks and allergic reactions. A dehumidifier helps to make the air a little clearer and much more breathable than it would be without one.
Your health, and that of the people you live with, should always be of the utmost importance. If your home has any of the signs found in the first section of this article, then you should seriously consider investing in a dehumidifier for your home. They have some fantastic health benefits, and if you, or anyone else you live with, suffer from asthma, allergies, or respiratory conditions, then it makes a wise investment – especially in the winter months.
Gemma Tyler is a freelance journalist with 15 years of experience writing for consumer publications. She has tested and reviewed a wide range of household items from vacuum cleaners to washing machines and dehumidifiers to steam irons. Her attention to detail and exhaustive testing certainly makes her an expert in her field.