High temps comes along with your home’s worst enemy – moisture which brings some certain annoying effects. So when do you really need a dehumidifier?
Winter is too dry and summer is too moisture (or whatsoever, depending on where you are) – too high or low temperature is not good at all. You might get some certain feeling of the demand of a dehumidifier but first, check these things out to see how far you need it before you determine to buy one.
3 way to know when do you need a dehumidifier
Listen to your body
Higher temps raise your home’s humidity levels. Your body is the best indicators to measure the moist rate. Humid-thriving microorganism is of special concern to your health now. Some sickness you are hardly caught normally but now, they seems to visits you more often like: chronic coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, and clammy feelings (in your hands or when wearing synthetic materials) and even worse – allergies and asthmatic.
Other things you are enabled to feel with your sense about your sick-of-humidity house
– Funky and musty smells: these point out the increasing of moisture-loving mold and mildew. And yes, you should raise an “odor of suspicion” around your house.
– Constant condensation on your windows: this condensation could probably be seen with normal eyes and it indicates that your humidity is way too high.
Listen to your house
If your body doesn’t make you be pursued enough to feel the humidity. Don’t worry, your house has its own way to tell you more about it.
Moisture affects your house in a straight way and as a gradually growing assault from invisible form to most recognizable one – Mold. Here are some areas within your house needed a closer look to check whether they are dominated by mold yet.
- Bathrooms ceilings
- Wall corners (especially in bathrooms, toilets, closets, and laundry rooms)
- Basements (Pay attention: this is the most favourable spot of mold)
- Other suspect areas within your home that you might think of.
Furthermore, if your home doesn’t have any wooden appliance, then perfect! You don’t need to worry about mold any longer. But if it does, the nightmare would come if you don’t spend some time to check your wooden furniture.
– Take an investigation with your wooden furniture, even windowsills
Mold is not a choosy insect, it can grow and even multiply fast on both porous and non-porous outward.
And if you still concern, then listen to…the hygrometer
According to EPA, your home’s humidity should be under 60% during the summer and between 30% – 50% in the winter.
It’s easy to get one hygrometer at any hardware store in your local area to measure the air’s moisture content within your home. You can choose a mechanical hygrometer or an electronic type, up to you. This instrument is also helpful later if you decide to get a dehumidifier, since it could combine with the dehumidifier to control your Relative Humidity (RH) level better.