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.
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.
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
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.
at consumer reports
have given top reviews, with
best buy and recommended ratings, to units from Whirlpool, GE, Kenmore,
Consumers generally rate the following companies highly, Santa Fe, Soleus, Aprilaire, Danby
Dry. These companies offer dehumidifiers for use in the home, basement and RV.
For more info on these, read the informational pages on basement
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