How Do Dehumidifiers Help?

Your home is cool, but is it dry?

It’s hot and humid in Florida, and it’s not unusual to walk into a home and still feel a little bit of the outdoor moisture in the air. Much like how you control the temperature with an air conditioning and heating system, homeowners should consider taking control of humidity levels by installing a dehumidifier. Using one has a laundry list of benefits that you may not have considered.

Stop mold in its tracks

Mold and mildew reside where it’s moist: shower curtains, windowsills, air conditioning ducts, and sinks. In homes where humidity is very high, mold can even form on furniture or in carpets. While it’s gross to look at, mold and mildew can also cause issues with breathing for those who suffer from allergies or asthma. A dehumidifier makes it more difficult for mold to thrive by cutting back the humidity it needs to flourish.

Improve your health

It isn’t just mold and mildew that thrive in a moist environment. Other allergens and disease-causing bacteria love places that are wet. Dehumidifiers help to reduce the number of these pathogens, too, keeping the air you breathe cleaner and healthier.

Dust-up the dust mites

These tiny critters are so small that you can’t even see them without a microscope. They live in your bed linen, curtains, carpets, floor mats, furniture, and pillows. They literally get nourishment from the moisture that gets trapped in random areas of the home, and from there they multiply. Dehumidifiers help to keep their numbers in check by keeping things dry.

Protect your belongings

Certain electronics, books, clothes, paintings, posters, and even some foods can become damaged by moisture. The things you own will last longer if the humidity levels in your home are under control. Controlling excess moisture in your home brings benefits that expand beyond mold control. Dehumidification is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to improve air quality, bolster your health, and protect your possessions.

Dehumidifiers come in a range of sizes from small one-room units to whole-home systems; the sizes are based on the system’s ability to remove moisture from the air. Regardless of what your needs are, there’s bound to be a system out there that’s perfect for you.

Total Comfort installs Aprilaire and other brands of dehumidifiers. For more information on Aprilaire products, visit Aprilaire.