Do I need a dehumidifier?

Do I need a dehumidifier?

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

It would be a fairer question to ask – would I benefit from a dehumidifier.

There are not many people who would be able to answer no to that question. They are beneficial to both yourself and to the fabric of your home.

Moisture in the air is essential to create the correct environment for micro-organisms; by removing the water vapour from the air you are making it difficult or impossible for them to reproduce and thrive.

It is no coincidence that mould grows on the walls of damp rooms. The humidity in the air will condense upon cool or cold surfaces and because of the high relative humidity of the surrounding air the water will remain there and only evaporate slowly – if at all.

The growth of moulds, fungi and bacteria on the surfaces  of buildings and soft furnishings not only looks unsightly but also can contribute to poor health.

Many spores can become displaced by the  microbes and these can have a negative impact upon health. The effect could be felt by both people with existing health issues like asthma and other respiratory conditions, but can also lead to a greater prevalence of minor complaints – such as snoring and generally feeling “under the weather”.

The small outlay on the electrical running costs of a dehumidifier can easily be offset by the preservation of the fabric of the home. Although the moulds start by condensing upon the walls surface they can easily spread via spores into the actual structural supports of a wall.

If you use garages or basements for storage then the use of a dehumidifying unit – especially over winter –  then no spillage by damp will affect your stored possessions and they will not become to collect that specific mildew odour that stored items can.