If you have a damp basement or crawlspace, then you’ve probably been told that you should purchase a dehumidifier to help get rid of the problem. Dehumidifiers offer many benefits beyond just ridding a room of dampness and making it more comfortable though, so if you’re still on the fence about buying one then maybe this list of benefits will help.
Allergies & Dust Mites
High humidity can increase the amount of dust mites in a home, which in turn will lead to an increase in allergy and asthma issues. If dust mites are a problem throughout your home, then a whole house dehumidifier is the best solution for getting rid of them and helping your family breathe more easily.
Millipedes & Other Pests
Many small insects thrive in damp conditions. Basements, crawls spaces, bathrooms and laundry rooms can become a haven for millipedes and other pests that you don’t want to find in your home. Basement dehumidifiers work extremely well in crawl spaces and basements (of course), while a mini dehumidifier is usually powerful enough for a small bathroom or a damp closet. Finding a dehumidifier for your laundry room can be a bit trickier, depending on how often you do laundry and how humid the room can get, but our dehumidifier pint chart can help you find the perfect unit.
Warping & Rusting
It’s common knowledge that moisture can cause metals to rust and wood to warp, but we don’t always think about these issues happening inside our home. However, if it is wet enough in a home, the excess moisture can lead to door frames warping, which will keep doors from closing properly, and hinges can also start to rust. Tools and even vehicles in your garage will also rust if it is damp enough in the room. A home dehumidifier should protect your house from these problems and a small dehumidifier in your garage should protect your tools from rust.
Condensation can cause paint to blister and wallpaper to peel if it forms on your windows and walls. Bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens are the most susceptible to this problem, but it can happen in any room of the house. Running a portable dehumidifier after a shower, when doing laundry or while cooking can help prevent condensation. Portable units come with caster wheels, so they can be easily moved between rooms whenever needed.
Another place condensation can form is inside electronics like computers and stereos, which can cause irreparable damage. Try to store electronics in rooms with a low humidity if possible.
Mold & Mildew
Mold and mildew are two of the more common side effects of high humidity in a home and also the two most dangerous. A musty smell in a room is the first sign that there might be a problem. Sometimes, the easiest solution is to just air out the room, especially if it’s a guest room that isn’t used often, by opening air vents and the door and washing the bedding, which could be collecting some of the excess moisture.
If the musty smell is strong, it could be a sign that the room contains mold or mildew. Both are damaging to a person’s health if they breathe in the spores, and some forms of mold can even kill you. Place a crawl space dehumidifier in the room to see if it gets rid of the musty smell. The dehumidifier should keep mold from growing, but it will not kill it if it is already present. If you find mold, you should use a bleach solution to remove it entirely and run a dehumidifier in the room to keep it from returning.