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Why Use A Dehumidifier 

Why use a dehumidifier? We answer this question with expert advice, and reviews, on the best for your home, basement and RV.

Really, the main reason to use a dehumidifier is for your health. If you live in an area where the humidity is generally over 55%, then the humidity in your home could get that high.

When humidity gets over 55% in the air, then bacteria, viruses, mold and more will start to grow. The moisture in the air creates the perfect environment for germs and mold to flourish.  Not only is it a problem for the walls and surfaces in your home, the germs and mold will be in the air and will go into your lungs when you breathe.

Another good reason on why use a dehumidifier, is that the air in summer will feel more comfortable at lower humidity levels. When the humidity is below 50%, it won't feel as sticky or damp. Air conditioners naturally dry the air, so those will help, but sometimes that is not enough, so you'll also want a dehumidifier.

To determine if the humidity is too high, you can buy a humidistat to check your home air. Check the air in the morning and at night to see if there is a big difference and to know when the dehumidifier should be run.

Even if you do not live in the area that needs a dehumidifier, it is a good idea to keep the humidity below 55% even in unfinished basements, because mold will grow on anything, including the walls at that level. This mold can cause damage and can also travel in the air up to your living areas and cause health problems.

The experts at consumer reports have given top reviews, with best buy and recommended ratings, to units from Whirlpool, GE, Kenmore, LG, Haier.

Consumers generally rate the following companies highly, Santa Fe, Soleus, Aprilaire, Danby and Eva Dry. These companies offer dehumidifiers for use in the home, basement and RV.

For more info on these, read the informational pages on basement dehumidifiers, home dehumidifiers, RV dehumidifiers.

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