November 30 2018 – Christopher Bezzina
The air in all our homes holds moisture to some degree but recognising the problem and knowing what to do about it are two different things. Although there are many solutions available to help maintain the levels of moisture in our homes, a dehumidifier is specifically designed to keep a homes moisture levels in check. And it doesn’t stop there; it is the additional benefits of a dehumidifier that may surprise you.
Find out 5 Surprising Benefits A Dehumidifier In Your Home Will Help With.
Prevents Mould & Mildew
It has become increasingly obvious that people have the mistaken notion that buying a dehumidifier will solve every problem there is to do with mould and mildew. However, sadly for homeowners, this is not entirely true.
How Does A Dehumidifier, Prevent Mould?
If you are here because your home has an already existing problem with mould, unfortunately buying a dehumidifier will not remove it. While a dehumidifier will remove the unpleasant odours often associated with the build up of mould and mildew, the only way to completely cure this problem is to seek professional help.
However, when signs of excess moisture present (wet windows, walls and black spots) using a dehumidifier will prevent the development of mould and mildew by combating the excess moisture in the home that leads to structural problems in and around the home if left unsolved. So if you have started to notice common signs and symptoms of moisture around your home, you might want to think about buying a dehumidifier.
Improves Health & Well-Being
No amount of antibacterial cleaning products, air fresheners or hoovering can compensate for moisture filled homes. When it comes to health, living in a home with too much moisture makes the air stagnant enough to trap allergens, bacteria and other airborne pollutants.
When these impurities grow indoors, spores and chemical compounds are produced and spread throughout the air. The health effects often associated with these spores and chemical compounds trigger allergic reactions which include anything from eye irritation and a runny nose to respiratory problems and skin rashes.
How Does A Dehumidifier Improve Health?
A dehumidifier reduces moisture in the air that is warm and humid which is crucial for allergens, bacteria and pollutants to survive and thrive. This alone is incredibly beneficial to those who suffer from respiratory problems and other allergies who had previously been breathing in harmful spores and chemicals.
A range of dehumidifiers available on the market today come equipped with features to specifically tackle health related issues, some of which include special allergy and bacteria filters, dehumidifier settings for purification capabilities as well as awards and approvals from specialised companies.
Protects Clothes & Personal Belongings
As the seasons change, our summer wardrobe of short sleeves and sunglasses gets swapped for winter warmers the second cold weather calls. Putting these clothes away to keep them safe until you’re ready to wear them again seems all well and good but what if we said this could be a different story if you suffer from too much moisture?
How Does A Dehumidifier Protect Clothes?
As we have seen, excess moisture can cause mould and mildew to grow, so it pays to keep moisture away and off your clothes. Whether your clothes are being boxed up in the attic/basement or hanging in the back or your wardrobe, clothing that is stored for a while can get mouldy. Using a dehumidifier ensures your clothes are ready to wear again when you need them by doing what they do best – extracting moisture and preventing the infestation of mould.
When it comes to dehumidifiers and clothes, it doesn’t stop there. A dehumidifier is commonly used as a laundry drying aid in many homes across the UK – often on those rainy days when we have no other choice than to dry laundry indoors. Using a dehumidifier ensures that while wet laundry is hung in the home, the moisture released is completely removed from the air by the dehumidifier.
Makes The Home Feel Warmer
The internet seems to be flooded with people asking if using a dehumidifier in the home makes the home warmer. The short answer – Yes! While a dehumidifier’s sole purpose is to remove moisture from the air, the way they remove this moisture is to reheat the air to further dry it after it releases its moisture.
How Does A Dehumidifier Make The Home Warmer?
First of all, there are two primary types of dehumidifiers, one a compressor dehumidifier (often referred to as a refrigerant dehumidifier) and uses a compressor similar to a fridge, the other a desiccant dehumidifier, extracts moisture through natural absorption using a desiccant chemical and small heating element.
That being said, moisture filled home will always feel colder because of the high levels of humidity so removing the moisture with either type of dehumidifier will effectively make a home feel warmer and healthier without actually raising the room temperature itself.
We all have an idyllic picture in our minds when with think of home so it goes without saying that the last thing anyone wants is for their home to feel damp and uncomfortable.
And dampness in the home is one of the worst kinds of dampness in existence as it can dampen anything it comes in contact with. It certainly won’t pity any of your homes valuables, from decor and furniture to fittings and walls, it doesn’t discriminate.
How Does A Dehumidifier Make The Home A Better Place?
That’s basically why a dehumidifier is used – or at least one of the reasons why. It reduces the level of moisture in the air to create a drier, comfortable home. A dehumidifier does not just help you and your family, but your whole home.
Of course homes with the right level of humidity are generally more comfortable, especially in winter months where weather is naturally muggy, but when a dehumidifier is in use, indoor air quality is noticeably different.
Dehumidifiers are becoming an increasingly common appliance in the average home across the UK but is there any wonder? As we have seen, a dehumidifiers benefit does not stop at extracting moisture; dehumidifiers today have a range of features from laundry drying, smart control and air purification capabilities that make dehumidifier one of the most multifunctional appliances available.
All the above benefits – however surprising they may be – reaped from a dehumidifier sum up to a better, comfortable home. In the process of removing additional moisture from air, dehumidifiers effectively and efficiently contribute in most ways to reduce the level of unhealthy air quality around your home.