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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Improve Home Environment with a Dehumidifier

Improve Home Environment with a Dehumidifier
Peeled Paint On Wall by Petr Kratochvi
Many homes suffer with excess moisture caused by high humidity levels, signs of which include damp patches on walls, condensation on the inside of windows, mould, and musty smells. A dehumidifier is a worthwhile option for those who want to reduce unwanted humidity and remove excess moisture from a small space. An electronic appliance, it draws air in through a fan over refrigerant-filled coils and the resulting condensation is collected in a tank for disposal.

Problems with high humidity levels

Apart from creating an uncomfortable environment to be in where you could feel excessively hot and clammy, the results of high humidity levels can also cause health related issues. For those with respiratory problems such as asthma or a cough, a better balanced air moisture content is very beneficial, and will also help to prevent an increase in pests such as dust mites that thrive in more humid conditions. The black moulds that can form in corners of rooms and spaces may lead to severe health issues. In terms of your property, damp issues can wreak havoc rotting wooden furniture, window sills, and causing wallpaper to peal away.

Improving the home environment

A dehumidifier, of which the most common type is compressor driven, will help remove this excess moisture and return the air of a room to a comfortable environment. The consumer group Which advises setting the appliance away from walls, curtains and furniture, and keeping doors and windows closed while it is running. It is always best to remove any collected water from the appliance after each use and also clean the air filter regularly according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Find the source

While the dehumidifier is good for balancing the air moisture of an area and improving the overall environment within the home, and mould resistant paint is really useful for repair work, it still does not tackle the issues causing the damp. Poor ventilation, poor sealants, or a leaky pipe are just a few non-climate related examples of the cause of high humidity, and locating and addressing the source could prevent future problems and costly repair work.

This is a guest post written for my website.  However, all opinions are 100% my own.  This post is in accordance to the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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