Dehumidifiers are used to control moisture in the air, which can have a huge impact on the ability of mould and mildew to establish and grow. A good quality dehumidifier can provide a host of other benefits though – both in the home and in the workplace. Here’s our top six:
People with particular sensitivities to allergens such as dust, mould and mildew can benefit from using a dehumidifier – these allergens thrive in humid and moist environments. Older properties and naturally damp rooms like bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and basements/cellars can be particularly prone to becoming mouldy or mildewy as they typically have a lack of consistent air flow to go with the damp environment. Purchasing a dehumidifier encourages the air to circulate as well as removing the moisture.
Deter spiders and insects
Insects and spiders are typically also attracted to humid and damp environments. If you have noticed an increase in these interlopers, a dehumidifier might help to minimise the issue. One of the most common causes of pests in the home or workplace is excess moisture, so remove the moisture and they will have no reason to visit you again.
Keep your decor shipshape
Obviously, the primary function of a dehumidifier is to control moisture. High levels of damp can cause very real, very expensive damage to homes, work environments and the furniture within. Wood can become rotten and other building materials can become warped, and windows can quickly become blocked by mildew. Additionally, paint and wallpaper can peel away from walls due to moisture. Lastly, while it’s more of a symptom than an actual damaging factor, musty and mouldy smells can be very off-putting and pervasive.
Moist air can make it difficult for even a healthy person to breathe easily – our lungs simply are not designed to process excess moisture. Dehumidifiers can help you to breathe easier by cleaning the air for you – removing dust and mould spores along with the moisture. Great for people with respiratory issues like asthma.
Protect your belongings
Many things in the home can damaged by sustained exposure to moisture – electronic devices like phones, tablets, consoles and televisions are the obvious ones, but if you are a collector (stamps, comics, art, etc) or have a lot of books or a musical instrument, for example, then these also need a moisture controlled environment which a dehumidifier can provide.
Reduce your energy bill
It may seem counterintuitive to buy a piece of electrically powered equipment in an effort to reduce your energy bills, but it is actually very effective. If your workplace or home is constantly running air conditioning systems, then using a dehumidifier can help by removing the moisture from the air and helping with temperature control and management. You can also use your dehumidifier to speed up air drying of your laundry – reducing the need for tumble drying.
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Author Bio: First Mats started life as safety matting specialists, but have since expanded to become a complete industrial and commercial supplies company. The focus of First Mats is to provide safety-focused products that improve the wellbeing of staff through quality approved products, backed up by extensive knowledge. www.firstmats.co.uk