Dehumidifiers 101

Learn more about dehumidifiers and what they can do for your home

If you’re thinking about getting a dehumidifier but don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. It’s one of those appliances people often forget about. It’s also one of those appliances you never truly appreciate until it’s in your house. This post will help you understand what a dehumidifier is and does, and what the benefits of having one in your home are.

In the simplest terms, a dehumidifier removes moisture from the air. It pulls humid air in, removes the moisture and circulates the dry air back out. The moisture is then collected in a tank which needs to be emptied from time to time. You can have a portable dehumidifier in your house, that removes moisture from the air in a surrounding area, or a whole-house dehumidifier that is linked to your HVAC system and dehumidifies the whole house at once. While a portable dehumidifier is less expensive, a whole-house humidifier allows you to regulate the airborne moisture levels throughout your house, without having to lug a portable unit from room to room, and up and down stairs.

Some signs that may indicate you need a dehumidifier in your home include:

  • condensation on windows;
  • rotting or wet wood;
  • musty smells; and
  • discoloration, mold spots or water stains on the ceilings or walls.

Being able to control the humidity levels in your home offers many benefits. It stops the growth of mold and mildew, and helps stop rooms from smelling musty (this is particularly helpful in the basement). It can improve indoor air quality and reduce airborne allergens like dust mites and mold spores, which is great for people with allergies or asthma. Your air conditioner also doesn’t need to work as hard, extending the life of your unit. You may even notice things feeling drier (less ‘tacky’), or drying quicker. You’ll see the difference in your home right away.

A dehumidifier is an important appliance that improves your indoor air quality, helps protect your home from too much moisture and improves the overall function of your HVAC system. Contact the Arrow Plumbing and Heating team today to see about installing a dehumidifier in your home.