Many of us, at some point, have had to deal with excess moisture around the home and the problems it can cause, which is why dehumidifiers are so popular with many households. Dehumidifiers are designed to remove excess moisture from the air and maintain a comfortable humidity level in your home, reducing the risk of mould and mildew forming and the likelihood of dust mites and other pests. But will the issues you are having in your home be solved by a dehumidifier?
We look at the six reasons why you may need a dehumidifier in your home.
You live in an area of high humidity
Dehumidifiers are beneficial in high humidity locations. A dehumidifier is designed to extract water from the air to lower and maintain humidity levels and help make your home a healthier, more comfortable environment all year round.
An ideal feature to look for in a dehumidifier is the ability to monitor the room temperature and selecting the optimal humidity level, automatically turning on and off when the desired level is reached. This feature can be found in a unit such as the Mitsubishi Electric EV38HR.
To reduce mould and mildew growth in your home
Mould and mildew can be hazardous to your health*1, and high moisture levels in your home are a significant contributor. If you cannot properly ventilate your home, dehumidifiers can help prevent the formation of mould and mildew in damp areas by removing the moisture it needs to grow.
Your home has a musty smell
Older style homes can develop a musty smell over time, particularly if they have been closed up for long periods. That musty smell is caused by mould or mildew in the walls or ceiling. A dehumidifier can reduce the amount of moisture in your house, slowing the growth, helping to eliminate the odour.
To assist with allergy & asthma relief
Some common allergies and asthma can be caused by the spores that mould produce*2. Limiting the amount of mould growth within your home can alleviate some asthma and allergy symptoms, such as a blocked nose, wheezing, and eye and skin irritation. Dehumidifiers limit the amount of moisture and humidity within your home, restricting mould outbreaks.
Inhibit dust mites and other pests
Dust mites and other pests love a high humidity environment, which is why their numbers increase during the hotter, more humid times of the year. Dust mites are linked to aggravating both allergy and asthma symptoms*3. Keeping the humidity levels lower in your home can assist in keeping numbers down, making your home a healthier place to be.
Reduce indoor laundry drying times
Another great feature of a dehumidifier is the ability to dry laundry inside, handy for reducing drying times on those wet days when you don’t want to use the dryer, or for drying delicate fabrics. It is recommended that laundry not be dried inside without using a dehumidifier due to the moisture build-up within the home.
Look for models with Intelligent laundry mode controls, like the Mitsubishi Electric EV38HR, which controls the airflow rate while monitoring the humidity in the room, estimating the laundry drying time and stopping automatically when the clothes are dry. It is particularly handy for quickly and effectively dryings shoes and clothes without compromising delicate fabrics.
For more information on the Mitsubishi Electric EV38HR Dehumidifier and its features go to our Air Treatment page.