There are many ways homeowners can keep their home comfortable. For instance, they can open a window every day, use their air conditioner in an efficient manner or even turn on a ceiling fan to aid the air conditioner in keeping their home cool. While these are all good methods of keeping your home comfortable, heating repair experts say that there’s another method you shouldn’t neglect to consider: installing a dehumidifier.
Here are four signs that say your home needs a dehumidifier.
1. A Stale Odor – If you begin to smell a stale odor around your home, especially in spots that receive less ventilation such as the basement, garage or crawl space, it’s best to install a dehumidifier in these areas. This is because the stale odor is a sign that indicates mold and mildew are growing around your home, and a dehumidifier can prevent them from spreading further around your property.
2. High Humidity – According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the ideal humidity range of a residential building is between 35% and 50%. In fact, anything above the relative humidity of 60% is already considered to be too high, causing uncomfortable conditions around your home. This level of humidity also promotes mold growth around your home, putting you and your family’s health at risk. With that in mind, if it’s clear that your home has consistently high humidity, install a dehumidifier immediately to make your home safe and comfortable and prevent wood rot and material breakdown at the same time.
3. Condensation – Condensation on your windows and doors is also a tell-tale indicator of increased humidity in your home, and is often more apparent during the winter season when temperatures outside plummet. If this occurs, it’s best to have the problem rectified immediately. To accomplish this, air conditioning installation professionals strongly recommend that you install a dehumidifier as soon as possible to reduce your home’s indoor air humidity.
4. Damp Basements – Damp basements can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew growth around your home. This is something that you’ll want to prevent as much as possible to keep your home’s indoor air clean. While your HVAC unit may be installed in the basement, if you don’t have a basement return vent, the AC might have a problem recirculating cool, dry air into your basement, allowing damp air to build up in it. Therefore, it’s still best to install a dehumidifier in the basement to prevent the build-up of damp air as much as you can.
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