Did you know that on any given day, you inhale a variety of particles, from dust and mold spores to the toxic chemicals used to clean the public restroom or gym locker room? In the right environment, they multiply and wreak havoc on your health, especially when the surroundings are warm and moist. That is why you need dehumidifiers!
Check out the signs you have to watch out for – they indicate you have to install a unit right away:
Take a look at the ceiling in your bathroom as well as the area around your toilet or surrounding the shower. If you see tiny dark spots, it means you have mold problems. Make sure you run the exhaust fan after every shower and fix any necessary ventilation issues. You can also run a dehumidifier to lessen the amount of moisture that hangs around in the room.
If wood retains moisture for too long, it starts to rot and attracts unwanted pests like termites. If you happen to notice wood rotting in and around your home, it could be a sign of excessive moisture, which can diminish the structural integrity of your home over time. It is imperative to remove the extra moisture without further delay and replace the affected wood too.
If the windows of your home have beads of water on them, or there is vapor or fog on the glass, it means an abundance of moisture. It could be the result of a humidifier working overtime or construction materials that are improperly sealed. A dehumidifier can combat the moisture and restore the humidity in your home to its appropriate levels.
Mildew and mold nearby causes musty odors – these substances thrive on moisture, which starts to collect in areas like basements and garages when windows are not sealed correctly or there is seepage from ground water. The mold and mildew needs to be removed right away, while a dehumidifier should be installed to suck excess moisture from the air. Thus the odors go away and are prevented from returning.
Water Damage & Stains
Water stains are another sign that there is excess moisture in a home. You should always investigate a water stain to make sure there is not a leaking pipe behind it. But the damage is already done, so you have to get started fixing it by using a dehumidifier.
Last but not the least, if you face trouble with allergies, it could be due to poor indoor air quality. Try running a dehumidifier to remove allergens from the air you are breathing to see if it helps.