When you live in a humid environment, allergies are a common issue. Small living spaces with limited ventilation, such as bathrooms or kitchen or even basements are common areas where moisture from the air can build up and cause problems. Here are a few benefits of adding a dehumidifier to your home.
1. Reduce Allergens - Dehumidifiers reduce humidity levels which makes your home less hospitable to allergens such as dust mites, mold and mildew. They'll also reduce odors associated with those allergens. They can get rid of that musty or rotting smell. By removing allergens from the air, dehumidifiers reduce irritation to your skin and your respiratory system. This allows you to breathe easier and feel comfortable in your home. With less dust in your home, you also won't need to clean as often.
2. Prevent Mold Growth - Moisture is required for mold to thrive; therefore, moisture control is key in mold prevention. A dehumidifier helps keep the moisture levels in your home low, reducing the possibility that mold will develop in your home, on the walls, furniture, your clothes, etc. Mold can also develop in your air conditioning system, so lowering the humidity levels can prevent that from happening and prevent you from breathing in contaminated air.
3. Lower Energy Costs - Dehumidifiers can aid in lowering your energy costs because they help your air conditioner run more efficiently. When the air is more humid, the AC must not only cool the air, but also remove moisture, which means it has to work harder. This can also cause your air conditioning system to wear out sooner, meaning you will need to replace and repair it more often.
Should I Get a Dehumidifier?
If you're suffering from allergies, a dehumidifier could help you feel more comfortable in your home. In addition, if you see signs of high humidity levels in your home, you might want to invest in a dehumidifier. These signs can include water stains on the walls or ceilings, high humidity in rooms with poor ventilation, frequent condensation on windows, small black spots growing on walls or in bathtubs, and musty or mildew smells.
Your AC unit and dehumidifier work together to keep your indoor air quality in tip-top shape, helping you live a healthier, happier life. If you're experiencing any cooling issues in your home, contact us for professional air conditioning services at the Lake of the Ozarks. Royal Heating & Air is here for all your HVAC needs!
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