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Understanding When To Use A Dehumidifier


The question on when to use a dehumidifier is relatively important as some people still can’t fathom the right time to use the moisture removal device. On the basis of high humidity, according to, a dehumidifier comes into the context but one needs to understand his or her home environment in respect to the level of moisture present.  If you have been noticing the mugginess and smells like that of a wet home, that’s a sign of high humidity. Molds and mildew also thrive in moisture favorable surroundings. All these are symptoms that recall for a dehumidifier operation. But for you to ensure you are not embarking on unplanned moisture reduction, a proper step needs to be undertaken to checkmate the amount of fogginess present in your house.

What is humidity?

Different studies said it is the amount of vapor present in the air in a given time in relation to a particular environment. Narrowing down to relative humidity, we say is the percentage of moisture in the air compared to what the air can hold at that temperature. However, the scale of relative humidity that’s ideal for homes and human living is 40 to 60%. Although some studies went down starting from 30 instead of 40%. Nevertheless, when the level is below the aforementioned range, we say there is a low amount while its above 60% implies a high level. So the need to strike a balance becomes a problem because of climatic change and human activities that alter humidity level.

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Clearing Doubt Before Thinking Of Dehumidifier

However, to be sure of the level of moisture present in your house, would require you measuring the atmospheric vapor that’s present. To do this you to get a hygrometer to find out the current level. If there is a positive higher shift reaching up to 70% humid, level you’ll need no other advice than to reduce the moisture level.  This is where a need for a dehumidifier comes into play.

If you already have a unit you can simply take it to the location where you want the wetness to remove but if you don’t have, then purchase a budget-friendly unit with the right coverage size. One thing to note, dehumidifiers comes in different sizes and different area placement unit. There are units specifically designed for basements, living space, crawl space, etc. Getting the right area unit will definitely make you get a result quicker than picking a unit with the wrong place water extraction capacity. Many online blogs can direct you on how to shop for a dehumidifier. But for the meantime, here are few pointers that indicate you need to get rid of the menace from home.

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  • Home becoming too cold to stay in, causing irritation even at night feeling of wetness.
  • Sudden mold and mildew growing in your home.
  • Your wall sweating out moisture which is unusual.
  • The muddy smell from buildup moisture over time.
  • Discoloration on windows and doors.
  • Moisture always on your home grills each time you get in contact with it.

The above are red signs of too damp environment and shouldn’t be overlooked. If at all you were able to discover some of the signs, also look out for the source why your house is so moistened. Some of the causes of high dampness at home results from underground water, gutters or drainage close to house foundation and rainfall. Also overusing of air conditioning unit sometimes results in moisture settling down in your house. Identifying the root curse will help manage its reoccurrence of which you may not need a dehumidifier.  If the moisture level in your building is intolerance (that is on the high side), hence a dehumidifier should, however, turn on to get out the excessive amount.