When there is too much moisture in the air, not only is it an invitation for mold and mildew to grow, but it can also invite corrosion of computer equipment, vents, and other tools and electronics. High humidity also leads to a “stuffy” feel in a home or office and can cause airborne health issues.
While you may have used a dehumidifier in the past if you’ve had a flooding issue that you were trying to dry out, these helpful appliances can be used regularly to clean the air and tackle multiple moisture-related issues.
Our Air Quality Team at Air Tech of Central Florida helps Orlando area residents ensure healthy indoor air quality, and in addition to air purification units, we also often make recommendations for dehumidifying the air.
Humidity doesn’t just make it feel like a sauna when you step outside on a hot July day, it can also wreak havoc in multiple areas of your home or office.
How Do You Know You Need a Dehumidifier?
A dehumidifier helps to regulate the humidity in an environment by taking the excess moisture out of the air. This has an impact on several things that can range from reducing dust mites to helping your towels dry more quickly or your cereal and bread last longer.
Floridians know a thing or two about humidity, and it’s difficult to escape even when you come inside.
There are some telltale signs that you need a dehumidifier in your living or working space. Ignoring these can mean problems with air quality, mold, and more.
Watch for these warning signs that you need to dehumidify your air:
- Suffering from constant stuffy nose, sneezing, or itchy eyes
- Musty odor in one or more rooms
- Condensation on windows
- Stuffy feeling in the air
- Water stains on walls or ceilings
- Visible mold and mildew
How Does a Dehumidifier Help?
Keeping your air cleaner and dryer can have multiple benefits that impact your family, pets, employees, and anyone else that spends time at your home or office building.
Here are some of the biggest advantages that using a dehumidifier will give you.
Reduces Mold/Mildew Growth
Mold and mildew not only create a bad smell, they are horrible for your health and air quality, they also are very damaging to the interior of your home or building. Mold can eat away at materials like wallpaper, drywall, and carpeting. And if you’ve ever gotten mold in a closet, you know it can spread over multiple items very quickly.
A dehumidifier reduces the chance of mold and mildew by depriving it of the moisture necessary for it to grow and flourish.
Improves Indoor Air Quality
Dryer air helps reduce the formation of dust mites and other allergens in the air, giving your home or building better indoor air quality.
Approximately 70% of office workers are concerned about poor indoor air quality at their office.
While dehumidifiers don’t purify the air, they work in conjunction with an air purifier to keep it healthier and free of allergens that can cause health problems.
Protects Home from Moisture Issues
Excess moisture can negatively impact your home’s structural integrity over time. Moisture causes wood to warp and crack and metal fittings or supports to rust. High air humidity can also cause damage to things like paintings, books, carpets, and furnishings.
Using a dehumidifier protects your home and everything in it from the ravages of moisture damage by keeping the air dryer.
Helps You Feel More Comfortable
When you’re living or working in a stuffy environment, it can feel hard to breathe and anxiety can kick in. It’s hard to be productive when you don’t feel you’re in an area with fresh air. And in Central Florida, there aren’t many days when you can just open a window.
Dryer air is easier to breathe and gives an environment a fresher and less stuffy feel, helping you feel more comfortable in that space.
Excess moisture in the air can cause all types of bad odors. There’s a reason they call it “wet” dog smell. It’s not uncommon for a home of office building with high moisture content in the air to smell musty or having a rotting smell.
Dehumidifiers dry the air and help eliminate those moisture-related odors.
Do your air vents get rusted easily? Do you find that any electronics with metal parts don’t seem to last long before you can see corrosion? High humidity can cause metals in your office or home to rust more quickly. This is alleviated by using a dehumidifier to regulate the humidity.
Get Help on Choosing the Right Dehumidifier from Air Tech of Central Florida
If you’re not sure what type or size of dehumidifier to get for your home or office, our air quality experts at Air Tech of Central Florida can help! We’ll go over the best place to position your unit and other things you can do to ensure good indoor air quality.
Give us a call today at 407-696-9876 or reach out online.